Root 100 names Mayor Woodfin one of the most influential African Americans

Birmingham
Cover photo for The Root 100. Photo by Root 100

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has been listed as one of the most influential African Americans by The Root 100.

Every year, The Root publishes a list of 100 influential African Americans between the ages of 25-45. They explain, “This year’s list of honorees is a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness, at a time when the political and cultural landscape has grown even more hostile to the idea of black achievement.”

Birmingham
Randall Woodfin, Inauguration Ceremony, November 28, 2017. Photo Courtesy of Michael Anderson.

On the 2018 Root 100 Woodfin was listed as number 32. Here is how they described the city’s 37-year old mayor: Woodfin is Birmingham’s youngest mayor in nearly 125 years, giving him a unique perspective on issues for the millennial generation. Woodfin is a shining example of the new progressivism sweeping the South.”

The 100 people listed all come from various fields such as STEM, politics, media, entertainment, sports, business, community, and the arts. You’ll find people such as Beyoncé, Andrew Gillum, Tarana Burke, and Colin Kapernick.

Birmingham, Alabama, Mayor Woodfin, Ramsay, Ta'Kaiya Cooper, Ashleigh Richardson
Ramsay High students Ta’Kaiya Cooper (left) and Ashleigh Richardson (right) with Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. Photo via studentcam.org.

The Root was able to determine this year’s list by using their own formula. Each individual was ranked by reach, the people they touch through media and Twitter followers, and their substance, the impact of their work, graded on a scale of 0 to 10.

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greeting a visitor to the Warming Station at the BJCC on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Congratulations Mayor Randall Woodfin!

Author: Cody Short

Lover of story telling. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.