The Root Announces LGBT-Inclusive List of African American Leaders

The Root, a leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective, recently announced their 2011 “The Root 100” honorees. “The Root 100” recognizes emerging and established African-American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions. It celebrates leadership, creativity, service, and excellence.

This year’s list included openly gay CNN anchor and author, Don Lemon, former senior director of media programs at GLAAD (now executive director of, Rashad Robinson, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ federal policy director, Maya Rupert (pictured right).

For 2011, The Root set out to identify the most influential African Americans between 25 and 45 years of age. The website defined influence broadly to include “anyone who is shaping our daily conversations with work that matters.” To identify and rank "The Root 100," their staff developed a formula that defines influence as the combination of reach and substance.

The 2011 honorees will be recognized at an awards reception on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.