Last week TheRoot.com published it’s first ever The Root 100. According to its editors:
The Root 100 is a newly minted honor intended to celebrate the leadership, service and excellence of African-American men and women whose passion, dedication and innovative work have set them apart. The Root 100 is the manifestation of a core component of The Root’s mission—to bring to light people and ideas who are quietly having an impact on our lives and our communities.
Interestingly, a quarter of those named to The Root 100 are lawyers, who are either politicians, law professors, pundits, nonprofit heads, media executives or members of Team Obama. See the breakdown below then in the comments section, tell us who you would add to this list and why.
Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
Actor, Obama campaigner and now a member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee
Deputy White House Counsel, Obama Administration
Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
Cory A. Booker
Mayor of Newark
Congressman from Alabama’s 7
Youngest mayor of Washington, DC
Harold Ford, Jr.
Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council
San Francisco District Attorney
District Attorney, Dallas County
Yelberton “Yebbie” Watkins
Chief of Staff to House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn
Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
Oxfam’s Horn of Africa Regional Policy Advisor, Founder, Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN)
Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
VP, Peace and Social Justice Program, Ford Foundation
Richard Buery, Jr.
First black president and CEO of the Children’s Aid Society
Professor at UCLA School of Law
James Forman Jr.
Professor of Law at Georgetown University
Angela J. Davis
Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law
The Media Executives
Entertainment Lawyer, Partner, Ziffren Brittenham LLP
Alfred Liggins III
CEO Radio One
Executive VP and General Counsel of Thomson Reuters
President/CEO, Information Technology Industry Council
Founder and publisher, The Stimulist; MSNBC contributor
Editor, Above the Law
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