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The AAAA Announces 2024 Hall of Fame Class

The African American Automotive Association (AAAA) proudly announces the 2024 Hall of Fame Class on Juneteenth, marking the beginning of an annual tradition to celebrate this significant occasion. AAAA founder Chris Harris is delighted to introduce this year's exceptional inductees, recognizing their profound contributions to the automotive and motorsports world.


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AAAA Founder Chris Harris states, "Our Hall of Fame is a celebration of excellence, resilience, and groundbreaking achievements in the automotive industry. Each inductee's story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the impact of trailblazing individuals who have paved the way for future generations."


Chris Harris was motivated to create the AAAA Hall of Fame after noticing a glaring omission in other automotive halls of fame. "I wasn't happy with the lack of recognition for African Americans in other automotive halls of fame," Harris stated. "So, I decided to create one that celebrates and honors their significant contributions. Representation is important, and I have to make sure future generations can easily learn about African Americans positive contributions to the automotive industry, and that includes transportation and motorsports. This year, we inducted the legendary Richard Petty into our Hall of Fame. While he isn't African American, his words and actions over the past 50 years have helped African Americans enter motorsports on the biggest stage and highlight their skills to the world. Allies like him are well deserving of being in the AAAA Hall of Fame."


This year's class includes remarkable figures who have left an indelible mark on the automotive industry:


Bessie Stringfield - AAAA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2024

"Motorcycle Queen of Miami"

Bessie Stringfield, known as the "Motorcycle Queen of Miami," is celebrated for breaking barriers for both women and African-American motorcyclists. Starting her journey at 16, she rode her motorcycle across the United States and beyond, facing and overcoming discrimination with unmatched courage and resilience. Her legacy is a testament to the power of perseverance.


Crystal Windham - AAAA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2024

Automotive Design

Crystal Windham, the Executive Director of Design at General Motors, is recognized for her innovative vision and leadership in the automotive industry. As the first Black woman to serve as a Design Director at General Motors, Windham's story is a powerful reminder of the impact of mentorship, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence.


Kj Jones - AAAA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2024

Media

Kj Jones is celebrated for his extensive contributions to automotive media. His journey, marked by a deep love for high-performance cars and dedication to sharing his knowledge, has earned him a place in the AAAA Hall of Fame. His passion and perseverance have made a significant impact in the automotive and media industries.


Richard Petty - AAAA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2024

Motorsports

Richard Petty, "The King," is a legendary NASCAR figure with a record 200 NASCAR Cup Series wins. Beyond his racing achievements, Petty has been a vocal supporter of minorities in motorsports, providing opportunities for minorities in racing and businesses. His decades of public support and action for drivers like Wendell Scott and Bubba Wallace exemplify what diversity looks like in this industry, earning him a place in the AAAA Hall of Fame.


Larry Nance Sr. - AAAA Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2024

Motorsports

Larry Nance Sr., a three-time NBA All-Star, seamlessly transitioned into professional drag racing after his basketball career. As the first African-American NBA player to participate as both a car owner and driver in professional drag racing, Nance's achievements highlight his exceptional talent and determination, earning him a place in the AAAA Hall of Fame.


The AAAA Hall of Fame Class of 2024 showcases the incredible achievements and enduring legacies of these trailblazing individuals. Their stories inspire future generations and emphasize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the automotive world. Learn more about these individuals by visiting the AAAA Hall of Fame at https://www.aaaassoc.com/hall-of-fame

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