ESSENCE: Symone Sanders Offers Empowering Words Of Truth At The 2016 Root 100 Gala

The former Bernie Sanders press secretary ignited the room with words of affirmation, encouragement and power.

This year’s Root 100 award ceremony was held at the exquisite Guastavino’s banquet hall in New York City, where a room full of media professionals, activists, entertainers, government officials and business executives gathered to honor 100 of the year’s most influential African-American trailblazers across several industries.

Hosted by accomplished journalist and media personality Bomani Jones, this year’s gala opened with a moving performance from the Apt 33 dance group to the tune of Common and John Legend’s Grammy Award-winning anthem “Glory.”

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