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Mayor Kasim Reed Named 6th Most Influential African-American in Nation by The Root
Posted Date: 9/24/2012 4:00 PM
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News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Named 6th Most Influential African-American in Nation by The Root

The Root 100 has ranked national leaders on achievement and influence in politics, arts, culture and media annually since 2009

ATLANTA – In its annual ranking of the 100 top black achievers, The Root has named Mayor Kasim Reed as the 6th most influential African-American in the nation, highlighting his success in improving the City of Atlanta’s public services, bolstering its financial position and emerging as one of President Barack Obama’s most prominent surrogates.

The Root, founded by Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and owned by the Washington Post Company, is one of the nation’s leading online sources of news and commentary from an African-American perspective.

“I wake up every single day thinking about how I can make Atlanta safer, financially stronger and more competitive,” said Mayor Reed. “I am never satisfied and my job is never complete, but I am honored that The Root has recognized me on its annual list of the Top 100 African-American achievers and influencers. I am also inspired by the successes of my fellow honorees, who all have made path breaking change in their respective fields.”

In 2011, Mayor Reed was named the 10th most influential African-American in the nation on the Root 100 list, which recognizes black achievers and influencers between ages 25 and 45. According to The Root, honorees not only excel in their fields but also use their influence to shape the world and make it a better place. This year, honorees were ranked based on a mathematical formula that combines reach (media and Internet mentions, plus Twitter followers) and substance (a score determined by The Root’s editorial team and based on a person's contributions to his or her field or community) to establish an influence score. Mayor Reed’s total influence score of 220.4 included his more than 1,420 media mentions, 19,300 Internet mentions and his growing Twitter audience, currently at 27,800 followers as of today.

The Root, in its summary of Mayor Reed’s accomplishments, also noted that he became the first mayor to receive the Louis E. Martin Great American Award from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies when he received the award in May in Washington, D.C., and that he received the 2012 Distinguished Leaders Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators in July. 

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