Auto Hall of Fame to induct Black industry leaders who broke barriers

Detroit — C.R. Patterson, Frederick Patterson and Charlie Wiggins were early automotive entrepreneurs, innovators and champions who made a profound impact on the industry, even as they had to break down racial barriers to do so.

On Thursday, they will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, one of the highest honors from an industry that, during their lifetimes, largely shunned their contributions because they were Black.

The event, scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Icon, on Walker Street, also will honor inductees and awardees from the Dearborn-based Hall of Fame’s 2020 class. Last year’s ceremony was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With capacity restrictions lifted, the ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of attendees from around the world.

The 2020/2021 class represents the Hall of Fame’s most diverse ever in terms of geographic, gender, racial and industry representation, officials say. That milestone follows an intentional effort in

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Automotive Hall Of Fame Names Industry Influencer Awardees, Distinguished Service Citation

DEARBORN – Postponed from 2020, the annual Induction and Awards Ceremony for the Automotive Hall of Fame, the premier institution for collecting, celebrating and sharing the global motor vehicle industry’s history, will occur in July 22, 2021 and recognize two Distinguished Service Citation awardees and six Industry Influencer awardees.

2021 Distinguished Service Citation Awardees

The Distinguished Service Citation recognizes individuals who have had a significant positive impact on the industry or their respective organizations. This year’s awardees are being recognized for work in the automotive sector to meet two urgent and life-threatening global challenges – the COVID-19 pandemic response and support of anti-racism and inclusion.

Sir Lewis Hamilton, Professional Driver, Formula One
Hamilton’s talent and inspiring personality have made him a role model and ambassador for his profession. He holds several records, including the most Formula One wins, most wins with a single constructor, most consecutive points finishes, and most

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