Partying With The Root 100

At our recent gala, the 2011 class of The Root 100 shared what it means to make our list.

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On Nov. 5, 2011, The Root hosted a celebration to toast the influential young African Americans on The Root 100 list. At the event, held at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C., we talked to a number of honorees -- including NAACP President Ben Jealous and Black Girls Rock! founder Beverly Bond -- about what it means to make The Root 100.