Each year The Root recognizes over two dozen young trailblazers of our world with their “Young Futurist” list. These young people are leaders, activists and entrepreneurs that are on a mission to change the world.
This year, 25 individuals were honored on the list that has a history of reassuring us that our future is in good hands. All honorees are between the ages of 16 and 22-years-old and are making waves in the fields of business, green innovation, social activism, science and the arts.
The young ladies and gents of the 2015 class are well in the right direction. There’s Ms. Allyson Carpenter who became the youngest elected official in the nation’s capital at the age of 18. Then there’s Zoe Gadegbeku who founded W.I.S.H. (Women in Science and Health Careers Network) – an information hub for high school girls pursuing careers in science and health fields.
Popular actress, singer and television host, Keke Palmer also made the list. In 2014, she made history by becoming the youngest person to host her own talk show and the first black actress to play Cinderella in the Broadway play.
Leighton Watson, who understands the power of social media, staged a photo that went viral in response to the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. He has continued to use social media and his voice to speak out against the injustices plaguing our nation.
The list includes more gems that certainly have bright futures ahead. You may want to keep an eye out for the these young movers and shakers. They’re well on the right path.
Check out the full list here.