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Amtrak, the presenting sponsor of The Root 100 2014 gala at Espace in New York City, provided a warm space for honorees to relax during the reception where they could take photos, charge their devices or do a bit of networking before the dinner program began.

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Amtrak’s Darlene Abubakar (front row, center) is surrounded by The Root 100 honorees.

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Amtrak signage at The Root 100.

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Teresa Holmes, public relations director at UniWorld; The Root 100 honoree and CEO of UniWorld Monique L. Nelson; Darlene Abubakar, senior director of national advertising and marketing programs at Amtrak; The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Crystal Hudson, principal officer for sports and affinity marketing at Amtrak; Kecia Babb-Jordan, sales and marketing director at Amtrak; Amy Gomez, senior account director at UniWorld; and Ivana Dasaro, account supervisor at UniWorld.

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Darlene Abubakar and Henry Louis Gates Jr. pose for pictures in the photo booth.

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Amtrak charging station at The Root 100.

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Ivana Dasaro; James White, innovations strategist at UniWorld; Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Monique L. Nelson; and Teresa Holmes.

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Darlene Abubakar, Teresa Holmes, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Crystal Hudson and Kecia Babb-Jordan.

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Darlene Abubakar celebrates an Amtrak giveaway during The Root 100 dinner.

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The Root 100 attendees pose at the Amtrak photo booth.

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Amtrak ticket-giveaway winner and The Root 100 honoree Mark Luckie and Darlene Abubakar pose for a photo.

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The Root 100 attendees pose at the Amtrak photo booth.

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The Root 100 attendees power up at the Amtrak charging station.

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