Ruby L. Anthony-White, M.D. Greetings: On behalf of the KAA-MaCC Board of Directors and Administrative Officers, I welcome you to our Third Anniversary Celebration. Our mission is to collect and preserve the history and culture of the African-American family in Kannapolis and its neighboring communities in Cabarrus and Rowan County, North Carolina We are excited to have your presence this evening, and the continued public support from several communities in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties as we celebrate our theme: "Continuing the Quest for History Untold." Five residents, some former and current, will be recognized and inducted into our Legacy Hall of Fame this evening. We congratulate them and their families for their contributions and achievements. It is important to document, interpret, and present our local history and culture. Also, we are glad to have one of our own, renowned professor Dr. Kerry L. Haynie, as the speaker for this important event. He is Associate Professor of Political Science and African and African American Studies at Duke University. I owe a debt of gratitude to the Program Committee for planning such a wonderful celebration of our history: Ms. Jacqueline Anthony (President & CEO), Mr. Larry Johnson (Board Member), Mr. Terry Griffin (Vice-President), and Mr. Walter Richardson (Treasurer). Now that the seeds for KAA MaCC have been planted, we need the community to help us build on a great foundation. We can only grow and realize our dream with your continued support. Our history and legacy depends on it. To God be the glory for all the things He has done, is doing, and will do for us. Thank You!
Greetings from the President/CEO Welcome to the Third Anniversary Gala of the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc., fondly known as KAA-MaCC. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Corporate Officers, I am elated to know that friends and supporters, both near and far, have taken time out of their busy schedules to be here in this lovely Laureate Center. As a growing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, we are breaking new ground and building new relationships with different communities and entities. KAAMaCC continues to SEEC – serve, engage, and enrich community. As we SEEC, we also recognize and honor persons who have realized their dreams. We have come to induct educators, civic leaders, and trailblazers who have made history. In keeping with the mission and vision of KAA-MaCC, we are obliged to collect and preserve the history and culture of African Americans in Cabarrus and Rowan County. A museum about African Americans is needed to preserve our heritage. History matters and it becomes alive when someone is able to not only read about the past, but make a concerted effort to preserve our heritage to link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, and economic legacies. All of these, literally, make us who we are. I contend that history matters. You will hear their stories and be encouraged to make your own history. Tonight, we are blessed to have two Cabarrus County natives, Dr. Kerry L. Haynie, our guest speaker, and Ms. Meloney M. Miller, our mistress of ceremony. This is Melony’s first time speaking in Kannapolis and we are delighted to have her and all of you here to help KAA-MaCC celebrate three years. Also, I am thankful for the assistance received from the program committee and our Board of Directors to ensure that we have a wonderful celebration. As President & CEO, I am a member of the Board of Directors and provide assistance to them to develop plans for various programs. This year, we added a Black History Celebration and Cultural Program on February 6, 2016 at the Bethel Baptist Enrichment Center in Kannapolis. KAA-MaCC featured the H.L. McCrorey YMCA of Greater Charlotte African Drummers and Praise Dancers and Board member, Larry B. Johnson was the speaker, along with storyteller, Suzette Davis from Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. Plans are being developed for the formation of a Community Children’s Choir that will serve to unite children and families as well as collaborate to exchange ideas and encourage involvement in the performing arts and community/social events. We anticipate having another cultural program in 2017. Plans are underway for the development of African-American Historical Society that will play an important role in protecting and preserving the historical record and also interpret the past to the public. We are in the process of developing an Advisory Council to come together and discuss strategically the future of KAAMaCC and its role in cultural and performing arts. Other upcoming plans include: a Spring social involving the alumni from schools in Cabarrus and Rowan County (G. W. Carver, Logan/Shankletown, and Aggrey Memorial) and a multi-cultural festival to name a few. KAA-MaCC launched its new website at www.kaa-macc.org and have joined social media outlets on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kaamacc.org) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kaamacc2016). We have found these social media sites to be quite useful, especially since it is a very quick means to get a message out via the world wide web. Additionally, we are developing communications and marketing plans that will be implemented by the end of 2016. Finally, many thanks are due to our fearless Founder and Board Chairman, Dr. Ruby Anthony-White for she brings new meaning to “get her done”. I want to also thank our highly capable event coordinator, Mrs. Leondras “Lele” Davis and the hostesses for their service as well as our photographer, Willie Landrum, and videographer, Charles Collins. We are also very grateful for your commitment to support KAA-MaCC, as we mark this third year anniversary.ng you on October 7, 2017 for our four-year anniversary celebration. So, SAVE-the-Date!
Jacqueline L. Anthony
Meloney Michelle Miller, CEO M³ & Co. Global Enterprises, LLC Meloney is known as Coach M3, “The Woman in the Back of Success.” Her reputation with her clients has been built on encouraging people to reach for their true potential, regardless of the necessary effort and energy. As a global public speaker, Certified Professional Coach, Group Leader and Master Trainer, Meloney conducts Train-the-Trainer sessions, as well as takes on coaching clients internationally. Meloney has consulted, trained and coached thousands of individuals for over 15 years and lives a life open to helping others visualize, identify and realize their dreams. Her methods vary from providing text-book coaching to implementing non-traditional approaches. She is delighted with a diverse clientele from all socio-economic groups; her clientele range from troubled young adults in the shelter system to public figures, civic groups and corporations. Her methodology is to treat all clients equally and with the same importance and priority. Meloney’s career has spanned from executive management at Pergo, Inc. to consulting with organizations like New Horizons Inc. Computer Learning Center (recognized in the Prestige Presidents Club for producing over $1M in revenue) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. National Conclave. Meloney has achieved numerous career accomplishments from being a featured subject matter expert (SME) on WRAL NOON News (previously CBS and now NBC affiliate) with reoccurring segments monthly, to establishing in 2007 M³ & Co. Global Enterprises, LLC, a global consulting, coaching and training organization based out of Raleigh, NC. She is a proud North Carolina native from Kannapolis, NC. She is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University and Mount Olive College, both in Durham, NC with a concentration of study in Business Management and Organizational Development. Meloney is also a proud alumnus of the elite City of Raleigh Neighborhood College and Raleigh Citizens Leadership Academy. Additional training and education include Certified Professional Coaching, as well as extensive training and certificates in areas of Interpersonal Relationships and mentoring. Meloney was selected for the 2016 edition of Who’s Who in Black Raleigh-Durham. Meloney likes to be known just as Meloney even though she holds many responsibilities and titles. S he is a church consultant and crisis management expert. She is an Elder, Board Member and the church consultabt at Restoration Community Church in Raleigh, NC. Additional expertise includes, but is not limited to: Motivational Speaking, Facilitation, Curriculum Development, Business Development, Image Consultant, Crisis Management, Personnel and Organizational Consultation. An extensive career within the global market includes multi-million dollar sales records and cost savings accolades, experience with driving corporate/executive management, Change Management strategies, PR campaigns, and local community and governmental actions. Brought in to help organizations develop and align strategic planning and execution for ultimate results, Meloney is known amongst her clients and peers for a ‘Thick-Skinned Approach to Change Management.’ Recognized for strong values, a commitment to service, quality, and for creating order out of chaos in turn-around situations and start up initiatives, she has become a recognized community leader in the world renowned Research Triangle Park (“RTP”, one of the world’s largest research parks). Meloney believes every day is a learning and teaching opportunity for individuals and organizations alike. “Your success is my success ,so we accept nothing less than optimal results for all involved.” Mottos: “Motivation for Life, Family and Business is Essential for Success” “The world is waiting on you let us help them discover you TODAY!”
Dr. Kerry L. Haynie Dr. Kerry L. Haynie is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African & African American Studies at Duke University. He directs Duke’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, and is Co-Director of the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity. A native of Kannapolis, North Carolina, he received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1985, a Masters of Public and International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh in1988, and his Ph.D. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1994. Dr. Haynie’s areas of expertise are race and ethnic politics, Southern politics, and comparative urban politics and policy. His publications include the following books and volumes: New Race Politics in America: Understanding Minority and Immigrant Politics; African American Legislators in the American States; and volumes I and II of The Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics. He is a frequent newspaper, radio, and television commentator and analysts on state and national political matters. Professor Haynie has traveled widely speaking on race and politics, including invited talks in France, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, and South Africa. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Duke University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award; the Duke University and Duke Health System’s Diversity Award, given annually to a staff or faculty member who has actively promoted diversity by enhancing the overall environment of the university through improving cross-cultural understanding; and the Samuel DuBois Cook Society Award, an annual award given to members of the Duke and Durham communities, who in their work and or academic pursuits demonstrate a commitment to equity, humanity and community.
October 1, 2016 ~ 6:00 p.m. Ms. Meloney M. Miller, Mistress of Ceremony Prelude
Ms. Rebecca Stinson, Pianist
Welcome and Introduction of Mistress of Ceremony
Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony President & CEO, KAA-MaCC
The Occasion Selection
“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” and “God Bless America”
Recognition of KAA-MaCC Board of Directors and Corporate Officers Recognition of Sponsors and Special Guests Invocation
Reverend Donald C. Anthony Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church
Musical Entertainment by Rebecca Stinson
Introduction of Speaker
Mrs. Ruth M. Curry Board Member, KAA-MaCC
Dr. Kerry L. Haynie Associate Professor, Political Science & Africa and African American Studies, Duke University
KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame Mr. C. C. Griffin (Educator and Cabarrus County Civic Leader) Mrs. Corine L. Cannon (Cabarrus County Civic Leader and Community Activist) Mr. George C. Knox (Educator and Rowan County Commissioner) ~ ~ Interlude ~ ~
Mr. Milton L. Taylor (Educator and Cabarrus and Rowan County Civic Leader) Mr. John R. Thompson (Military Trailblazer in the U. S. Marine Corps) Announcement of Silent Auction Winners
Mr. James A. Gaither Board Member, KAA-MaCC
Dr. Ruby L. Anthony-White Founder and Board Chairman, KAA-MaCC
Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony Selection
“Reach Out and Touch”
Ms. Rebecca Stinson, Pianist
Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. Mission Our mission is to collect and preserve the history and culture of the African-American family in Kannapolis and its neighboring communities in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. We will build a museum and cultural center to serve, engage, and enrich the community. Vision The Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center (KAA-MaCC) seeks to be recognized as a national model for documenting, interpreting, and presenting local history and culture. Core Values
Excellence: KAA-MaCC seeks to produce exhibits of distinction and programs of excellence by: offering the highest quality guest experience, conducting business with the highest ethical standards, and observing best practices in our operations. Learning: KAA-MaCC seeks to be a learning center for visitors, volunteers, and staff as education may be acquired in unusual ways and can stimulate interest and encourage innovation. We value our role as a “center” for life-long learning in our community. Diversity: KAA-MaCC seeks to recognize diversity of experiences in the African-American community and plans to conduct social and cultural activities that enhance positive goals and ideas. We value our traditions and trust that our past informs our future; and by bringing together diverse groups, we can create new approaches to understanding. Collaboration and Community: KAA-MaCC recognizes that with a commitment to the community to promote collaboration, we seek to engage partnerships wherein we exchange ideas and encourage involvement in the creative process. We value our role as a “center” where ideas can evolve and everyone’s voice can be heard as we learn from each other. In this way, we will create genuine bonds between our institution and the public.
Goals KAA-MaCC will strive to meet all of its goals and provide visitors with a greater understanding of African American people by:
achieving our mission through exhibits, educational programs, collections, publications, and outreach programs designed to serve, engage, and enrich community; providing the community with a venue in which to enjoy art, lectures, performing arts, education, and community/social events; providing exhibits that allow all visitors to understand the history and culture from an African American point-of-view through the use of oral history, photography, artifacts, replication, and audio/visual productions; being an archival resource for interested citizens and scholars; and becoming a destination for tourists in the City of Kannapolis, North Carolina.
KAA-MaCC: Serving, Engaging, Enriching Community
The Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. , fondly known as KAA-MaCC, was declared a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service on October 2, 2013.
Board of Directors and Corporate Officers
(row-1/l-r) Ruby L. Anthony-White, M.D., William L. Reid, Jr., Ruth M. Curry, Dr. Ernest J. Goodson, Larry B. Johnson (row-2/l-r) John L. Kirkland, James A. Gaither, Amos L. McClorey, Sr., Jacqueline L. Anthony (President & CEO), Terry L. Griffin (Vice President), Walter L. Richardson, Jr. (Treasurer)
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Founder and Board Chairman Dr. Ruby L. Anthony-White, Ruby L. Anthony-White, M.D. was born in Cabarrus County to the parents of Cunningham and Roxie Mae Anthony. She attended G.W. Carver School graduating Salutatorian in the last Class of 1967 and later attended Livingstone College, Salisbury, N.C. from 1967-1971 with a B.S. Degree in Biology. After graduation, she attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill from 1971-1975 earning her M.D. Degree. Her internship and residency were completed at D.C. General Hospital, Georgetown Internal Medicine Division from1975-1978. While at the University of North Carolina, she joined the United States Air Force and entered active duty in July 1978 as an Internal Medicine Physician with duty stations at Minot, North Dakota, Brooks AFB, San Antonio, Texas, and Reserve duty at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her medical professional career included practices in both Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine. She practiced Occupational Medicine as Clinic Director at several corporate locations including General Motors, Oklahoma City, Mobil Oil Corporation, Paulsboro Refinery, New Jersey, Smith Clinic, Marion, Ohio, and Visteon Corporation, Connersville, Indiana. She has practiced Internal Medicine at the VA, CBOC, Richmond, Indiana and Solo Practice in Ennis, Texas 2007-2014. Since closing her practice in October 2014, she has returned to the VA working as the Director of Employee Health, VA Hospital, Dallas, Texas. She is married to Retired United States Air Force Captain Marvin A. White and is a stepmother to daughter Kasandra W. Castleberry and son, Marc A. White, grandsons, Chase and Cameron Castleberry. She and Marvin reside in Ennis, Texas. Their church is Wayman Chapel AME in Ennis. Dr Anthony-White is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Captain White is a Staff Judge Advocate in the Chism Landers American Legion Post, Ennis, Texas.
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Board of Directors Mr. William L. Reid, Jr. - He is the son of Mr. William L Reid Sr., former Principal at G. W. Carver High School in Kannapolis for over 28 years, until his passing in 1965. His mother, Hannah T. Reid taught High School English at Carver. Mr. Reid worked at RCA Defense Division, Moorestown, N.J, General Electric, and Lockheed Martin Corporation from 1969 to 2011 in various procurement positions. He retired from Lockheed Martin Missile Surface Radar Division, as Vice President of Sourcing in 2011. Before retirement, Mr. Reid was active on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including Burlington Co. N.J, United Way/Fund, The Regional Minority Purchasing Council of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware; and the National Organization of Purchasing Managers. Mrs. Ruth M. Curry
Mrs. Curry was one of the first Black teachers to be employed
in the integrated school system of Kannapolis. She was nominated Fred L. Wilson’s candidate to receive the Governors Award for excellence in teaching, and has been acknowledged for excellence as a distinguished educator in Who’s Who among American Teachers. She is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma (Inactive), a society for outstanding educators. Throughout her 31 years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Curry remained active in the National Education Association, and the Association of Classroom Teachers. She remains active in the Retired Teacher’s Association and the Alumni Associations of Barber -Scotia College, and UNCC. She has served as secretary of NAABS, the national Association of Barber-Scotia. Dr. Ernest J. Goodson - Dr. Goodson currently serves on the Board of Directors for the UNC Healthcare System, PNC Bank, UNC-General Alumni Association, the Harvard Club Research Triangle, and Light on the Hill Scholarship Fund. He has more than 25 publications credited to his resumé, has lectured here and abroad, earned 20 state and national awards in dentistry, and is President of the North Carolina Association of Orthodontists (first African-American to hold this position), and past President of the Old North State Dental Society. He was recently inducted into two international dental honor fraternities, the International College of Dentistry and the Academy of Dentistry International.
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Board of Directors Mr. James A. Gaither - Mr. Gaither is a former member of the Johnson C. Smith University Board of Trustees, president of the Raleigh/Durham Chapter of JCSU, and president of the JCSU National Alumni Association; former Omega Life Membership Foundation director, investment chairman, and budget committee chairman; founding member of North Callas, Texas Area Alumni Chapter of JCSU. Currently, Mr. Gaither is president of the Swank Social Club; and he is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and currently, serves as chairman of the budget committee.
Mr. Larry B. Johnson - Mr. Johnson was an English teacher at Northeast High School before becoming an administrator at Chesapeake High School, where he retired. He served on many curriculum and interview committees, and on several Middle States Evaluation teams around the state and in Washington, D.C. He also taught English at Anne Arundel Community College for more than 12 years. A master teacher and very capable school administrator, he then joined the faculty in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University. He attended graduate schools at Morgan State University, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (now Notre Dame of Maryland University), and Bowie State University. He is the treasurer of the Middle Atlantic Writers Association.
Mr. John L. Kirkland - Mr. Kirkland is a 1963 graduate of G. W. Carver High School and a 1971 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he earned a B. S. degree in Manufacturing Technology. Before graduating from A&T, he served three years in the U. S. Army as a construction surveyor with one tour of duty in Viet Nam. Through the years, he has worked as a manufacturing engineering, section manager; sales engineer; technical center manager; estimator; estimating manager; and general manager with Fortune 500 companies and smaller family-owned companies. Mr Kirkland has always been active in his community - serving as church trustee, youth activity coordinator, football and soccer coach, community watch group, NAACP, and the Alphi Phi Alphi Fraternity.
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Corporate Officers Ms. Jacqueline L. Anthony, President/CEO - Ms. Anthony is a native of Kannapolis, North Carolina who attended G. W. Carver School and A. L. Brown High School. She is a Morgan State University graduate with a B.A. degree in Political Science. Ms. Anthony is currently employed at the Charlotte Housing Authority. She has also worked at The Johns Hopkins University Facilities Management & Real Estate, UNC Charlotte, Barber-Scotia College Presidentâ€™s Office and Cabarrus County. She is an active member of The A.M.E. Zion Church and serves in many areas including the W.H.&OM Society where she serves as the Director of Communications. Currently, she is a member of the Morgan State University Charlotte Alumni Association; member of the Kannapolis Advisory Commission on Community Development; and former Board member of the Cabarrus County United Way of Central Carolinas and past president of the Charlotte Chapter of IAAP.
Mr. Terry K. Griffin, Vice President - Mr. Griffin retired in 2012 from Altria, a leader in the wine and tobacco industry, where he served as a Sales Representative in Chattanooga, TN before moving on to a Division Manager role in Atlanta, GA. He later took on a special project in New York City before finishing his career in Raleigh, NC as a Unit Manager. While at Altria, he served on several teams to recruit the top brightest students from universities such as UNC Chapel Hill and Florida A&M. Mr. Griffin later spearheaded the collaboration to bring those recruitment efforts to Winston Salem State University and established a partnership to select graduating seniors for career opportunities with Altria.
Mr. Walter L. Richardson, Treasurer
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Best Wishes to the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 (KVJ)
May God’s blessings be bestowed upon you for the good work you do.
Bishop & Mrs. George E. Battle, Jr.
Congratulations and much success to KAA-MaCC!
Continue to move forward and make your dream a reality. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of Godâ€™s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
Mrs. Jacqueline I. Williams-Lartey Missionary Supervisor and
The Right Reverend Seth O. Lartey Presiding Prelate, Alabama-Florida Episcopal District The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Educator and Cabarrus County Civic Leader, Concord, North Carolina C. C. Griffin, prominent Cabarrus County educator and activist was born in Chatham, Virginia, January 1, 1910. He was the oldest of eight children. He was the son of William Curl Griffin and Roberta Gigetts Griffin. The Griffin family moved to New Jersey during his childhood, but he returned south to N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, NC where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Mathematics and Physics. He married Mable Clay and they became parents to three children, twins LaRose and Yvonne, and a son, Leonard. Mable Clay Griffin was a teacher at Logan Day Care Nursery Association in Concord and served on the Board of Directors; also served as a Resident Supervisor at Barber-Scotia College for 16 years. C.C. Griffin earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana writing a thesis on Physical Education and Health Programs in the state’s black schools. The document was used to revamp the physical education program in all the state’s schools both black and white. He later completed further graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill and Indiana University. After graduating from N.C. A&T State University in 1935, C.C. Griffin taught Physics and Engineering Math. He was the head football coach at the all black Washington High School in Reidsville, NC for 12 years. C.C. served as principal of Church Street High School in Thomasville, NC for five years. In 1954, C.C. Griffin was appointed the third principal of Logan High School. His first achievement was to expand the curriculum and initiate a self-study for a visitation committee representing the Southern Association for Accreditation. The accreditation took place in 1960 at the annual meeting in Memphis, TN, after which Logan became a full member of Southern Association of College and Secondary Schools. Logan developed a two-track curriculum, general and vocational. It was expanded to include journalism, two foreign languages, a program of arts, physics, advanced algebra, trigonometry, and solid geometry. The science and lab building was constructed which housed three science laboratories, the new guidance complex, and administration office. Under C.C. Griffin’s administration, the faculty increased from 32 teachers to 64; and the student body from 836 to 1,480. In 1954, C.C. Griffin was recognized by “Ebony Magazine” for a special project in Concord, a program to help his students prepare for jobs. Under this program, students build a house a year in connection with their studies and auction it to the highest bidder. Numerous Awards and Honors In 1967, he was listed in “Outstanding Personalities of the South”, “Who’s Who in American Education (1967-68)”, and six “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” awards. He was the Concord Recreation Department’s “Man of the Year (1970)” and Kappa Alpha Psi’s “Man of the Year (1971-72)”. In 1983, he received the Prestigious Jefferson Public Service Award from WBTV in Charlotte, NC in conjunction with the American Institution of Public Service for his ability to make “dreams come true for the people in his community”. He was cited as one of Concord’s “Best Known Citizens” upon the naming of the Griffin Circle in the Logan community in his honor. Additionally, he was the first black elected to the Chamber of Commerce in Concord; first black president of the Optimist Club of South Cabarrus for outstanding service and education; and the first black personnel supervisor at Cannon Mills in Kannapolis, NC. C.C. Griffin established the Metro Health Clinics in Cabarrus County. He was founder and board member of the Logan Day Care over 20 years; on the Trustee Board of the Southern Piedmont Health Systems Agency, member of the Board of Trustees at N.C. A&T State University for 12 consecutive years, Chairman of the Trustee Board of First Christian Church in Concord on Rone Avenue; a member of the Board of Directors of the Midcrescent Health Planning Council, the Nutrition Council of Cabarrus Senior Citizens Services, Inc., the Cabarrus County Community Relations Commission, and the North Carolina Democratic Executive Committee from the 8 th District (through 1967); and a JACS Coordinator for Cabarrus County. Mr. Griffin received the M.L. King Humanitarian Award (1984) wherein, under the C.C. Griffin administration, his students were working under a Southern Foundation grant to better prepare them for college under a project in cooperation with Barber-Scotia College. Mr. C.C. Griffin passed away on November 20, 1986 in Greensboro, NC leaving an honored legacy for the entire community. A new school was built in Concord, NC and was named in his honor. The C.C. Griffin Middle School was dedicated on August 3, 2002, located at 7650 Griffins Gate Drive SW, Concord, NC 28025. Written by the Griffin family - LaRose, Yvonne and Leonard
Cabarrus County Civic Leader and Community Activist, Kannapolis, North Carolina
Raised in a home of abiding faith, hope and love, Mrs. Corine Lytle Cannon has been a devoted Christian all of her life. At age 96, Mrs. Cannon has been a member of the Presbyterian denomination for more than 75 years. First, she was an active member at Bethpage Presbyterian Church in Concord, and later joined Calvary Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis. In 1958, Mrs. Corine Cannon became a chartered member of Covenant United Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis, North Carolina. In the early 1940s, Mrs. Cannon became involved with the public school in Kannapolis when her sister, Nettie Lytle Miller, served as teacher and principal of the school and her son, James Ernest Cannon, entered school in Kannapolis. From the 1940s through the 1980s, Mrs. Corine had seven children who entered the doors of G. W. Carver for their formal educational needs. With many links with George Washington Carver High School, Mrs. Cannon served in some capacities, such as member of the P.T.A., President of the P.T.O., teacher volunteer, member on different committees, chaperon for class trips, school events, etc. Mrs. Cannon’s employment has been multifaceted. She became a salesperson during her youth. For more than 23 years, Mrs. Cannon sold burial insurance for the Kelsey Burial Association and Funeral Home. In 1956, she became an Avon representative and still sells Avon today. During her many years with Avon, Mrs. Cannon earned numerous awards. She is a member of Avon’s Honor Society and the President’s Club. In 1963, Mrs. Cannon became the first African American female employed to work in the production process at Cannon Mills. Her actions opened up doors for thousands of women of color in the textile industry. In 2013, Mrs. Corine Lytle Cannon was honored as “The Mother of the Year from Cabarrus County”. Mrs. Cannon first became affiliated with the NAAP approximately 83 years ago during the American tragedy known as the Trial of the Scottsboro Boys. Since then, Mrs. Cannon has been active in politics. She worked in voter registration as a voter registrar and provided people transportation to and from the polls. She worked with the Piedmont Peace Project, Inc. She is a member of the Kannapolis Historical Club and a chartered member and former president of the Fisher Town Princeton Park Community Organization. Relating to her family life, Mrs. Corine Lytle Cannon was married to Esau Cannon for 63 years. They are the parents of seven children. She and her husband were not college trained, but believed in strong religious and educational training. In 1956, their oldest son broke the color barrier in the Navy as a firefighter. The other children attended and graduated from college. One with a Bachelor of Arts is an entrepreneur, three with Masters Degrees, and two with Doctorates. In addition to the seven children, there are 21 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. On May 4, 2013, Mrs. Cannon attended and participated in the 58th Annual Mother of the Year Coronation of the North Carolina NAACP that was held at the Saint Joseph A.M.E. Church in Durham, North Carolina.
Educator and Rowan County Commissioner, Landis, North Carolina George Clifton Knox was born September 11, 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Knox in Landis, North Carolina. Mr. Knox attended the Landis Colored School which was later changed to Aggrey Memorial High School. Aggrey was named after James Emman Kwegyir Aggrey, a diplomat, educator, and minister who was assigned to Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church, which is Mr. Knox’s home church. In his early years, he rode to school with a teacher, then walked two miles to school daily. George’s favorite subjects were history, social studies, health and physical education. After graduating from Aggrey Memorial High School in 1940, he began working as a utility man at Linn Corriher Mills in Landis. George C. Knox had planned to attend Livingstone College after his high school graduation, but all Blue Bears were required to own a blue suit. In 1944, black troops of all branches were allowed to fight in North Africa, Europe, and in the Pacific. While saving for that blue suit, the U.S. World War II started as the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. With distinction, he fought in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge, as a member of the 614th Tank Destroyer Battalion in Europe. However, before going overseas, Mr. Knox remained athletic in the military and played baseball on the same Army team with Jackie Robinson, during two years of training at Fort Hood in Texas. Upon returning to the United States after the war was over, more baseball brought athletic offers from the following universities: Kansas, Lincoln Nebraska, Tuskegee, North Western, Hampton Institute, and N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. Mr. Knox accepted an athletic scholarship from N.C. A&T and used the G.I. Bill to fund his education. While at N.C. A&T, his athletic accomplishments were numerous: a four-year letterman in baseball known as the “clean-up man” and a “.300-hitter” for A&T’s CIAA championship teams in 1947 and 1948 (George was twice inducted into A&T’s Hall of Fame in 1986); played again Henry Hank Aaron and Willie Mays (while in service) and was even offered professional contracts, but chose a career in education. Mr. Knox wanted to teach school because he saw so much illiteracy in the military. Many young men had not seen the inside of a classroom. Out of 205 men in his company, he was one of seven left. He remembers telling God “if he were allowed to live that he would devote his life to teaching children”; as bombs and shells rained around him. After graduating from N.C. A&T State University in 1950, Mr. Knox was offered a job with Southern Railway making almost triple the salary as a teacher. He told the railway agents, “I want to teach and coach as I’ve made a promise and I aim to keep it”. Mr. George C. Knox started his career at Warren County Training School where he earned $1,800 a year coaching football, basketball, baseball and teaching history. The only thing he could buy on the weekend was a Sunday newspaper that he read from front to back, including the classified section, twice. This persuaded him to go back to school. Mr. Knox earned a Bachelor of Science and AMS degree from N.C. A&T State University; and he earned an advanced principal’s certificate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an educator, George began student teaching at G. W. Carver High School in Kannapolis, NC and concluded his career as the appointed principal of segregated R.A. Clement School in Cleveland, NC (1956). With this appointment, he became the first AfricanAmerican principal of an integrated school in Rowan County in 1968, when R.A. Clement became West Rowan Junior High School. George is well known as a Black pioneer in Rowan County education and politics. In 1986, he was the first African-American elected as a Rowan County Commissioner. Mr. Knox received the Distinguished Service Award from N.C. A&T and the Rowan County Board of Education Award. There have been dozens of humanitarian awards, but the induction was the first acknowledgement of his athletic prowess since he entered the N.C. A&T Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. Additionally, Mr. Knox has served on the following: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rowan County YMCA and the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council; member of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners (1986-1990); member of the Optimist International, N.C. Division of Principals, and N.C. Congress of the P.T.A. Mr. George C. Knox was inducted into the Salisbury-Rowan Sports Hall of Fame on August 8, 2010 at the Salisbury Civic Center. Indeed, George Clifton Knox has accomplished many firsts in his lifetime. Those who know him know that he has made his parents, the late Moena Sherrill and Clifton Knox, and only sister, the late Anita Knox Sharpe, very proud along with his wife, Mary H. Knox; sons, Gregory K. Knox and Earl Todd Knox (deceased), two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Knox is a member of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church and has served in many capacities. He feels that he has helped to make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people. Many still come by and thank him for helping them in their lives and their children’s lives. Written by Cousin, Jacqueline L. Anthony
Educator and Cabarrus and Rowan County Civic Leader, Landis, North Carolina Milton Lee Taylor, Retired Principal of Kannapolis Middle School, was born in Tarboro, North Carolina (better known for its tobacco and barbecue). On athletic and academic scholarships, Milton graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Fayetteville State Teachers College in 1958. In 1966, he received his Master of Science degree in Education Administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Then in 1975, Milton Taylor received his Advanced Certificate in Education Administration from the illustrious University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Milton Taylor’s first job in education was as a 7th and 8th grade teacher and coach of football and basketball at George Washington Carver High School in Kannapolis, North Carolina. In the fall of 1965, Milton became the Principal of George Washington Carver High School where he remained for 16 years until it closed in 1981. Then he served as the first Principal of Kannapolis Middle School until July 1, 1992 when he decided to retire. Milton was married to Shirley Alsbrooks Taylor, who also retired from the Kannapolis City School System after her tenure as a 2nd grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Milton is also blessed with a daughter, Michelle Taylor, who is an Assistant Principal for the Rowan-Salisbury School System. Milton is a member of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church where he serves as a Trustee. Milton’s career and professional activities have included the following: Former Member of the: Nor th Car olina Teacher s Association (NCTA) and ser ved as Pr esident of the local chapter , Nor th Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and served as President of the local chapter, North Carolina State Principals Association (NCASA) and served as President of the local chapter, and National Association of Elementary School Principals and served as the Vice President of the District Five Chapter. Present Memberships: National Education Association (NEA), State Retir ed Teacher s Association, and Local Retir ed Teachers Association. Past Civic Activities: Boar d of Dir ector s for the Cabar r us County Meal on Wheels (1967-1968); Board of Directors for the Cabarrus County HelpLine, Inc. (1968-1969), Board of Directors for the Cabarrus Workshop (1968-1969) Board of Directors for the Kannapolis Crime Stoppers (1968-1969), Board of Directors for the Barber-Scotia College Unit of United Negro College Fund (UNCF) (1969-1991), Board of Directors for the Kannapolis Student Loan, Inc. (1991-2004), Board of Directors for the South Rowan Optimist Club (1978-1979), Charter President of the South Rowan Optimist Club (1978-1979), Board of Directors for the South Rowan YMCA (1984-2005), President of the Cannon Memorial YMCA (1988-1990), President of the Cabarrus Workshop, Inc. (1988-1990), Board of Directors for the State Math/Science Network (1990-1992), Secretary for the Kannapolis Rotary Club (1992-1993), Board of Directors for the Kannapolis Rotary Club (1992-1996), Board of Directors for the Cabarrus County American Red Cross (1992-1996), Volunteer for the B.E.S.T. at Kannapolis Middle School (1993), President of the Fespermans “Y’s” Men Club (1994), Steering Committee Member for Leadership Kannapolis (1994), Organizing Committee Member for the George Shinn Golf Classic (1994), President of the Kannapolis Rotary Club (1994-1995), Chairperson of the Northern Piedmont Cluster YMCA (1994-1995), Committee Member of the YMCA of the South Field (1994-1995), Chairperson for the “Y’s” Men Coordinating Committee (1994-1995), President of the Cannon Memorial YMCA (1994-1996), Selection Committee Member for the Fieldcrest Cannon Foundation Scholarships (1994-2003), Lieutenant Governor for the 7680 Rotary District (1997-2000), Selection Committee Member for the Kannapolis City Schools Teacher of the Year (2000-2005), Vice-Chairperson for the Salisbury-Rowan Community Service Council Board of Directors (2001-2011), President of the Cabarrus Workshop, Inc., Chairperson for the Cannon YMCA Furnishing Committee, Board of Directors for the Bible Teaching Association for Kannapolis City Schools, and Board of Directors for the Cabarrus County Hospice. Present Civic Activities: Selection Committee for the Teacher of the Year for Kannapolis City Schools (2016). Other Honors and Activities: Pr esidential Citation fr om A&T State Univer sity (1967), Kannapolis City Schools “Teacher of the Year” (1969), Jaycees “Young Man of the Year”, First Runner-Up (1969), Featured in the “Personalities of the South” (1971), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s “Man of the Year” (1978), United Negro College Fund’s Distinguished Service Citation (1978), Optimist International Life Member (1979), Optimist International Life Member (1979), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s “Man of the Year” (1984), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s “Man of the Year” (1992), Association of Exceptional Citizen’s “Educator of the Year” (1985), Kannapolis City Schools Local Board of Education’s Office Personnel “Administrator of the Year” (1985), Kannapolis City Schools District Education’s Office Personnel “Administrator of the Year” (1985), YMCA Southeastern Distinguished Service Award (1988), Cannon Memorial YMCA Board’s “Director of the Year” (1988), Kannapolis Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellow Award (1993), YMCA of the USA South Field Distinguished Leadership (1994), Cannon Memorial YMCA Board’s “Director of the Year” (1995), YMCA Northern Piedmont Cluster Hall of Fame Award (1995), and Distinguished Rotarian Award for the 7680 District (1997). Hobbies: He was an Avid Golfer , Playing Br idge, and as a Pr ivate Pilot, Milton enjoyed flying ar ound in his Tr i-Pacer Airplane.
Military Trailblazer in the United States Marine Corps, Greensboro, North Carolina An Original Montford Point Marine
They fought for the “Right to Fight”
John R. Thompson, born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, currently residing in Greensboro, North Carolina, was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal June 24, 2012, that took place in The Emancipation Hall, United States Capitol, Washington, DC. He was one among the 400 Montford Point Marines receiving this award. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor bestowed upon a civilian by congress. Thompson joined the Marine Corps in 1943, not knowing that this goal greatly depended on others. With a strong sense of duty to this country during World War II, Thompson volunteered for training with one newly formed Black Marine battalion at a poorly equipped, segregated site at Montford Point near Camp Jejune in North Carolina some 1900 Black Marines trained at this facility, and they became known as The Montford Pointers. Thompson was surprised and shocked when he got to Montford Point and found huts for living quarters with a stove in the center for heat. Each hut had about thirty marines. Bath facilities were further away, perhaps three blocks away. The Montford Pointers were the first Black Americans permitted to enter the United States Marine Corps. However, they were not allowed to train at the all white nearby Camp Jejune. They provided outstanding meritorious service during campaigns in the Pacific. They never received due recognition for their sacrifices and service to the nation. Montford Point Marine Corps was established in June 1941. After President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 8802. That removed discrimination in the armed forces. This order gave African Americans the opportunity to enlist into the branch of service of their choice. Many Blacks were recruited for the Marine Corps and yet unaware that the recruits were not to train at the all white training bases – Parris Island, South Carolina nor Camp Pendleton, San Diego. Thompson’s goal was to return from the Marine Corps and to further his education. He enrolled in a technical college to learn to repair radios and appliances. Having completed that goal, Thompson enrolled in North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College to become an electrical engineer, but reconsidering, he received a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Arts Education and a Master’s Degree in Education. After completing his advanced education, he became employed with the Guilford County School System, Greensboro, North Carolina. Thompson is a member of Saint James Presbyterian Church, Greensboro, NC and has held the following positions: Trustee, Deacon, Men’s Choir, Mid-week service participant, Compassion Funeral Committee, North Carolina Teachers’ Association, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Thompson is also active as a volunteer community participant: School Lunch Buddy Program, Senior Wheels – providing transportation to and from doctor appointments, Serve Breakfast Ministry, distribute food baskets to needed families at Thanksgiving, Fraternity Chapter Boys Summer Camp, Director – Boys Soccer Camp Program, and provider of Hayes Taylor YMCA Youth Membership. Thompson has received other awards and recognition from his church and community: City of Greensboro City Council, Guilford County Commissioners, Saint James Presbyterian Church Men Organizations – Man of the Year, James B. Dudley High School Alumni Association – Class of 1968, Marine Corps Local District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity – Man of the Year, Hayes Taylor YMCA Century Club Award, and KHALIF Temple #144. Written in part by Leon Gibbs, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity
Congratulations to the Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center, Inc. as you celebrate your Third Anniversary on October 1, 2016. May KAA-MaCC have abundant successes in future endeavors. The G. W. Carver Alumni Association
In Loving Memory of a Favorite Carver High School Teacher
Mrs. Margaret Asbury Martin (June 13, 1936-August 2, 2016) â€œI can say with honesty and sincerity that my most enjoyable and most rewarding work was done at Carver. We did so much with so little,â€? said Mrs. Martin in the Eighth Grand Reunion Journal in 1998. Mrs. Martin taught English and French from 1957 to 1967, the year Carver was closed. She was beautifully poised, very stern, quite articulate, and unbelievably funny. Mrs. Martin was just one of a kind.
Larry B. Johnson Class of 1966
In Loving Memory of Our Parents,
Rev. (Chap. Maj.) John R. and Ora Graeber Wesley And Our Brother,
Dr. Col. (Ret.) Wayne G. Woods
By Dr. Barbara Wesley Baker and Lt. Col. (Ret.) John R. Wesley, II
In Memory of My Parents Alonzo Klutz And Margaret Klutz, My Brother, Henry Louis Klutz, and My Sister, Mildred Klutz
Celebrating 150 Years “Walking By Faith”
Mr. George Clifton Knox and
Mr. Milton Lee Taylor on your induction into the KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame
Reverend Clarence J. Shuford, Jr., Pastor and the Officers and Members of Sandy Ridge AME Zion Church
Congratulations and Best Wishes to Ruby Anthony-White, M.D., the Legacy Hall of Fame Inductees, And KAA-MaCC’s Leadership
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (KJV)
Wayman Chapel AME Church Family Ennis, Texas
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KANNAPOLIS AFRICANAMERICAN MUSEUM AND
CULTURAL CENTER, INC. ON YOUR THIRD ANNIVERSARY. “If you build it, they will come.” Col. Patricia W. Ross U.S. Army Retired Class of 1967
Preserving Our Family History The McIlwains Lee McIlwain 03/1865 - 06/18/1923
Nannie Mobley McIlwain
Robert Benjamin McIlwain 04/06/1897 - 03/06/1935
Hattie Johnson McIlwain 06/10/1900 - 06/14/1990
John Lee McIlwain 08/12/1922 - 03/22/1970
Katherine McIlwain Hampton 09/07/1920 - 05/25/2009
Mable McIlwain Cannon 08/22/1924 -
Robert V. McIlwain 03/03/1929 - 12/03/1999
Doretha McIlwain Thompson 10/18/1926 - 07/30/2009
Ruth McIlwain Curry 04/07/1931 -
August 2, 1960 - May 27, 2015
Congratulations KAA-MaCC on your third anniversary! â€œThe happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore, guard accordingly and take care that you entertain no virtue and reasonable nature.â€? Marcus Aurelius
The A. L. Brown Alumni Association Class of 1972 Much Love! October 1, 2016
Congratulations to KAA-MaCC, Inc. and Best Wishes for Continued Progress and Success Press forward, for the sky is the limit … and remember, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13 (NIV)
Paul and April Lucas
CONGRATULATIONS Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center Third Anniversary
Phyllis J. Martin
Larry B. Johnson
Jacqueline J. Nolton
A. Wayne Johnson
Mae J. Coleman
Connie M. Strong
Patricia M. Johnson
Mark A. Brown
Congratulations KAA-MaCC on Your Third Anniversary The Thompson Sisters Rojulene Thompson Norris Eunice T. McCorkle Marie T. Parks-Jumper Ida T. Colson l
George C. Knox for Outstanding Community Service and for Receiving The KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame Award Dr. & Mrs. J. Deotis Roberts Stone Mountain, Georgia l
I salute George C. Knox for having served as a member of our Armed Forces and as an Educator in Rowan County, North Carolina
CONGRATULATIONS! The Reasonable Answer Kristina L. Roberts, CEO
CONGRATULATIONS and Best Wishes
KAA-MaCC as you celebrate your Third Anniversay
KAA-MaCC 2016 KAA-MaCC and the Legacy Hall of Fame Inductees
Congratulations to the 2016 KAA-MaCC Legacy Hall of Fame Inductees The Children of Maude and Albert Gaither
G. W. Carver High Class of 1962
William, James, Marilyn, Roddy, Andrew, Janie, Deborah, Kent l
Congratulations to KAA-MaCC On your Third Anniversary
Nancy B. Anthony Kannapolis, North Carolina
Kannapolis Intermediate School
The Love for Ms. Maggie Poole Bryant
The Club at Irish Creek Kannapolis, NC
Lift Evâ€™ry Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson Lift Every Voice and sing till earth and heaven ring Ring with the harmonies of liberty Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies Let it resound loud as the rolling sea Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us Facing the rising sum of our new day begun Let us march on till victory is won. \
God Bless America By Irving Berlin God bless America, Land that I love, Stand beside her and guide her Thru the night with a light from above; From the mountains, to the prairies, To the oceans white with foam, God bless America, My home, sweet home. God bless America, My home, sweet home.
L. Dianne Berry
Paula Robinson Bianca S. Wilson
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KAA-MaCC, Inc. Third Anniversary Celebration Souvenir Journal