Today's Date: November 27, 2021
Online store pauses sales during busiest buying days, encourages shoppers to send 5,000 care packages to children   •   Academy Awards® Accredited Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia presents Japan Cultural Expo Project: Creation of Stories A   •   Native Americans - Absent in Higher Education   •   Establishment Labs Announces Participation in the Stephens Annual Investment Conference   •   Integrity Announces Donation of $100,000 to Purchase Toys for Children's Health to Comfort Young Patients   •   Mary Kay Inc. and the Mary Kay Ash Foundation Further Commit to the Prevention and Elimination of Global Gender-Based Violence   •   Walmart To Participate in Both the Stephens Investment Conference and the Morgan Stanley Virtual Global Consumer & Retail Co   •   Prime Minister and Premier of British Columbia announce new committee to address extreme weather and climate resilience in the p   •   Rainer Hughes kicks off with its initiative: Little Steps To nurture the stars of tomorrow   •   Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada - Importance of COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnant, Recently Pregnant and   •   Canada Post makes mail and parcel delivery more accessible to all customers   •   Torrid Announces Reporting Date for Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Financial Results   •   Is Your Thanksgiving Stuffing Contaminated With Toxic Lead?   •   Guess?, Inc. Announces Participation at the Morgan Stanley Virtual Global Consumer & Retail Conference   •   spermidineLIFE® Immunity+ and spermidineLIFE® Memory+ Launch in U.S.   •   Affordable ZTE Blade A7P Android Smartphone Arrives for the Holidays   •   Flora Growth Forms JV With Avaria Health and Beauty to Distribute Award-Winning Pain Products Across LATAM   •   Capstone CEO To Report on Smart Mirror Launch   •   Treasury Board of Canada President, Mona Fortier, tables the Supplementary Estimates (B) 2021-22   •   Economic growth in Quebec's Indigenous communities--The Government of Canada announces the renewal of the True North Treasure an
Bookmark and Share

The Association of Black Cardiologists Honors Distinguished Advocates for Health Equity and Celebrates a Year of Innovation &

The Association of Black Cardiologists Honors Distinguished Advocates for Health Equity and Celebrates a Year of Innovation & Resilience in the Field of Cardiology

The 12th Annual Spirit of the Heart Virtual Awards Gala & Fundraiser will feature exclusive performances from Grammy-winning Gospel Singer Jonathan McReynolds and A cappella singing sensation WanMor.

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), the nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the disparities related to cardiovascular disease and achieving health equity for all, will host its 12th Annual Spirit of the Heart Awards Gala & Fundraiser virtually on Saturday, October 16, 2021. The "Health Equity in Motion" themed event will celebrate an incredible year of innovation and resiliency amongst ABC's members and the communities they serve.

"Health equity in motion not only describes the work of the Association of Black Cardiologists', but it also defines the core of ABC's organizational DNA," said CEO of ABC, Cassandra McCullough, MBA. "Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we are still tackling health disparities, addressing social determinants of health including racism in medicine, and sounding the alarm on the lack of diversity in both the healthcare workforce and clinical trials."

This night of recognition pays tribute to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of health equity in medicine, research, public service, leadership, and volunteerism. The evening's distinguished honorees include:

  • Lisa A. Cooper, MD, MPH, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, James F. Fries Professor of Medicine; Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity; Director, Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute (Spirit of the Heart Health Equity Legend In Motion Award);
  • Daphne P. Ferdinand, PhD, RN, Executive Director, Healthy Heart Community Prevention Project, Inc. (Dr. Walter M. Booker, Sr. Health Promotion Award); and,
  • Hilliard "Hilly" Paige, Vice-President of Patient and Professional Advocacy Relations at Esperion Therapeutics (Spirit of the Heart Health Equity Champion Award)

In addition to recognizing the incredible accomplishments of our dedicated members, colleagues, and partners, we are excited to announce our Dr. Richard Allen Williams Scholarship recipients, the Dr. Richard Allen Williams & Genita Evangelista Johnson / ABC Scholarship recipients, the finalists and winner from the Dr. Jay Brown Best Abstract Competition, and the winners of the research-based, 2021 COVID-19 Innovation Awards.

Guests will be treated to performances by gospel phenom Jonathan McReynolds and new-to-the-scene youth singing group, WanMor (sons of legendary R&B group Boyz II Men member Wanyá Morris). Cameo appearances and special messages of support will be delivered by Anthony Anderson, star of ABC's Emmy-nominated sitcom Black-ish, and Jocko Sims, star of NBC's drama New Amsterdam. Throughout the evening, viewers will enjoy live music played by DJ Vince Adams and will be given the opportunity to donate online.

ABC Past-Presidents Drs. Barbara Hutchinson and Icilma V. Fergus, along with CEO McCullough, will serve as Mistresses of Ceremony. Featured speakers, an amazing roster of pioneering Black cardiologists and ABC Members, include Dr. Yele Aluko (Ernst & Young); Dr. Michelle Albert (USCF), President of ABC; Dr. Elizabeth Ofili (Morehouse School of Medicine), ABC Board Chair; and  ABC Founder and Board Member; Dr. Richard Allen Williams; Dr. Norissa Haynes (University of Pennsylvania) and Dr. Kemar J. Brown (Massachusetts General Hospital) will also present during the evening which will begin with an opening prayer and blessing, the ABC's honored tradition, by The Very Reverend Sandye A. Wilson, Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrews and Holy Communion in South Orange, New Jersey.

As ABC's premier fundraising event, this celebration benefits ABC's ongoing clinical research, advocacy, education, community outreach, and heart disease prevention awareness. The funding raised will also support scholarships for medical students from underrepresented groups and communities. 

For more information about the Spirit of the Heart Awards Gala and the mission of ABC, please visit

ABC Virtual Awards Gala & Fundraiser Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors



Platinum Sponsor

Bristol Myers Squibb

Gold Sponsors




Silver Sponsor

American College of Cardiology



Bronze Sponsors

Morehouse School of Medicine


Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Samuel and Rosalind B. Spielvogel Family Foundation

About the ABC

Founded in 1974, the ABC adheres to the vision that all people regardless of race, ethnicity or gender should benefit equally from the reduction in the frequency, duration, and impact of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Membership is open to all interested in the care of people with or at risk for cardiovascular disease, including health professionals, lay members of the community (Com­munity Health Advocates), corporate and institutional members. Today, the ABC's public and private partnerships continue to increase its impact in communities across the nation. For more information, visit and connect with ABC on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Contact:  ABC Media Relations 


Cision View original content to download multimedia:

SOURCE Association of Black Cardiologists

Back to top
| Back to home page

White House Live Stream
Breaking News
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News