BLACK EXCELLENCE!! MEET THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO OWN A NASCAR TEAM.
Melissa Harville-Lebron is the first African American woman team owner of a developmental racing team in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series, Division 1. The multicultural racing team is the first ever to consist of two brothers from two different ethnicities and minority classes, hailing from the North East and under the age of 21. Melissa is an African American, a single mother of 7; 3 biological children from a prior 16-year marriage and legal guardian of 4 additional children from younger siblings. Known as “Captain Lebron” for the last 5 years of her career in the Mental Observation Unit in New York City’s Department of Correction Rikers Island Anna M. Kross Center, Melissa was forced to retire after 19 years of service due to a work-related injury. A chronic asthma sufferer, it was after another severe attack that she had an epiphany, never be able to say “I wish I had”, be able to say “I’m glad I did.”The pursuit of her passion was born, W.M.Stone Enterprises was created and named after her business savvy late grandmother. The name serves as a constant reminder of strength, honor, and perseverance.