By: Aph Ko
Every year, The Root, which is a daily online news site that provides commentary on today's news from a variety of African American perspectives, hosts a Root 100 list on their site. The goal of the list is to spotlight exciting, innovative, creative, passionate leaders in the African-American community who have caught your attention in the past year. Here are the lists from 2014 to 2015. The really exciting thing about this is that the public can nominate who they want on the list.
Unsurprisingly, really popular actors, political figures, athletes, and entertainers tend to be recognized the most. This makes sense considering they tend to get the most visibility in the public sphere, and they tend to have large followings. (If a person on the list is vegan, their vegan activism is somehow left out of the description of their work).
Every now and then, really amazing political activists get nominated like Alicia Garza (founder of Black Lives Matter) or Bree Newsome (the Black woman who took down the confederate flag in NC), so, I'm going to urge the Black Vegans Rock audience to try to nominate Black vegans for the list as a political statement.
Not only will it show that Black vegans are very much a part of the larger Black community, our nominations will also demonstrate how Black vegans refuse to be overlooked as agents of change.
We've provided A LOT of Black vegans to choose from over here at Black Vegans Rock, so sift through the features and choose someone who you think should be spotlighted.
To nominate someone, click on the link HERE and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. You have until June 20th to contribute to this process!