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January 01 2010

THE ROOT Selects John Hope Bryant for Top 100 List of Most Influential African-American Leaders

2010’s list of movers and shakers includes entrepreneurs, nonprofit visionaries,professional athletes and entertainers

Washington. D.C. -- November 2, 2010 – Operation HOPE Founder, Chairman and CEO was selected on THE ROOT list of young African-American pace setters and game changers in 2010. The second-annual installment is an exclusive list that honors 100 individuals aged 25-45 who represent the new generation of emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. 

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by The Root for this honor,” said Bryant who it was just announced will serve the Obama Administration on the President’s Council on Financial Capability.

Reflective of the rich and evolving complexity of black America, THE ROOT 100 recognizes those who have demonstrated exceptional achievement, innovation, and creativity.  All are remarkable individuals who have shattered boundaries, risen above stereotypes, and overcome obstacles to reach success in their fields. 

“THE ROOT 100 is an important reminder that a critical aspect of the story of black America is one of continuous progress and growing success,” said Joel Dreyfuss, managing editor of THE ROOT.  “Being black in America includes being a surgeon, an entrepreneur, a college president, a scientist, a sports executive, a software engineer, a historian or a poet.”

Honorees of THE ROOT 100 include entertainer Wyclef Jean, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, NBA superstar LeBron James and underserved community developer and ex-Boston Red Sox, Maurice “Mo” Vaughn.

The full list of THE ROOT 100, including biographies, photos, and details on why each honoree has been recognized can be found at


About The Root
Launched in 2008, The Root is the must-read news site for the post-Civil Rights Generation.  The Root helps readers stay in-the-know and understand the most important news and trends affecting the black community. Providing readers with original, provocative commentary and analysis on politics, social issues and culture from a variety of perspectives, The Root also highlights the most important articles and commentary from around the Web.

About Operation HOPE, Inc.

Since its founding in 1992, Operation HOPE's mission has been to promote "silver rights" and make free enterprise and capitalism work for the underserved. The social investment banking nonprofit has provided financial literacy and economic empowerment services to more than 1.2 million people, raised more than $500 million and helped to restructure more than $360 million in sub-prime mortgages from the private sector, for a total of approximately $900 million in economic activity for the disenfranchised. Follow Operation HOPE at,, and