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Open My Heart Foundation hosts Red Dress Gala

By AFRO Staff Open My Heart Foundation’s recently honored heart and stroke survivors at the 8th Annual Red Dress Gala. The event was held at Martin’s Crosswinds on Saturday, Feb. 18th. The organization, founded by Florence Champagne, works year round to positively impact heart health disparities in the Black community via advocacy, support groups,  and


Congressman Kweisi Mfume Introduces Legislation to Commemorate African American World War II Hero Doris Miller

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) announced the introduction of a pair of bills to commemorate the life and legacy of African American Mess Attendant Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mess Attendant Miller manned an anti-aircraft gun and downed enemy planes, despite the fact that the racially segregated steward’s


EPA moves to restore rule on mercury from power plants

By Drew Costley, The Associated Press, WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed the basis for a rule that requires “significant reductions” in mercury and other harmful pollutants from power plants, reversing a move late in former President Donald Trump’s administration to roll back emissions standards.  The EPA said it found it


Op-ed: A look back at the first Black Oriole

By Kenneth Lasson There was no Black History Month when the Baltimore Orioles returned to the modern-era Major Leagues in 1954– and only one player of color on the Opening Day roster. His name was Jehosie “Jay” Heard. A native of Athens, Ga., Heard (1920-1999) was a diminutive left-handed pitcher, standing all of five feet