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Bryant Marks Named to The Root.com 100

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

Bryant Marks
Bryant Marks, assistant professor of psychology and head of the Morehouse Male Initiative, was surprised to get a call from editors of The Root.com recently.

Marks had been chosen as one of The Root 100, which, according to the web site, is a list of "emerging and establishing African American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions."

"It's definitely an honor," he said. "I've been getting phone calls from all over the country about it. It feels pretty good. The list is diverse in that it includes those who are celebrities and well-known and then you have that balance with folks that you didn't necessarily know."

The Root is a daily online magazine that offers commentary on news and politics that directly affects African Americans. The Root also has a genealogical section that helps African Americans trace their heritage. Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the site's editor-in-chief.

"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," according to an Oct. 20 story on their web site.

Among those listed: chair of the Democratic Leadership Council Harold Ford Jr.; CNN journalist Soledad O'Brien; rapper Shawn "Jay Z" Carter; actor Hill Harper; model and talk show host Tyra Banks; and Newark, N.J., mayor Cory Booker.

Also listed is Raphael Warnock '91, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, and the Rev. Otis Moss III '92, pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ.

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