By Ian Mikrut
Photography: Allie Wynands

The New Pittsburgh Courier once again held its 50 Men of Excellence Awards Reception at Fairmont Pittsburgh, where 50 of the city’s “most stellar African-American men” were honored for the significant, positive impacts they’ve made in their communities over the years. The event, inaugurated in 2008, welcomes readers to send in nominations. More than 300 guests gathered for dinner, the awards ceremony, and a dessert reception. Says New Pittsburgh Courier Publisher & Editor in Chief Rod Doss, “We’ve had great success hosting this event. It puts a positive face on the African-American community while celebrating the individual achievements. We’re pleased we’ve been able to do this since 2008.” KDKA-TV’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland emceed the evening and also paid specific homage to this year’s Legacy Award honorees, the Honorable Livingstone M. Johnson and the Honorable Justin M. Johnson. Along with being the first duo to win the award, the brothers are also both retired judges and U.S. Air Force veterans. Says Doss, “It’s an uplift in the community, showcases individuals in the community, and has been richly rewarding to be a part of.”

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