The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and publisher, Donna Byrd 

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Here are more photos taken at The Root 100 celebration held in New York City on Nov. 14. (Click here to see another slideshow of the event.) The honorees—including MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, feminist blogger Brittney Cooper and historian and pundit Jelani Cobb—were all chosen for their excellence in leadership and achievement in their fields.

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Gala host T.J. Holmes, Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Donna Byrd

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Gala attendees

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Honoree Benjamin Todd Jealous

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The Root's Grapevine editor, Akoto Ofori-Atta, with honoree Jamil Smith and a gala attendee

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Gala attendees

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Honorees Ben Jealous and Melissa Harris-Perry (center) with The Root's publisher, Donna Byrd (third from right), and senior staff writer, Jenée Desmond-Harris (second from right), and gala attendees, including Lia Epperson (third from left), Jealous’ wife

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The Root's managing editor, Lyne Pitts, with Byron Pitts

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Honoree Melissa Harris-Perry and The Root's publisher, Donna Byrd, with Michaela Angela Davis (far right) and another gala attendee

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Honoree Jelani Cobb, gala attendee Shani O. Hilton and honorees Adam Serwer and Jamil Smith

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Honoree Benjamin Crump with The Root's publisher, Donna Byrd 

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The Root's editor-in chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and publisher, Donna Byrd 

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The Root 100 honorees

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Gala attendee Lia Epperson and honorees Melissa Harris-Perry and Ben Jealous

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Gala venue

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Gala host, T.J. Holmes