In a nationwide search, The Root has selected 25 African-American youth between the ages of 16 and 21 for their Young Futurists list. The search stretched across, universities, sororities and fraternities and even civil rights group like NAACP. In the end, The Root came up with a comprehensive and diverse collection of young black innovators, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and artists who have used creativity to help transform their communities.
Two of the list’s finalists, Cameron Fields and Brandon Ford have even already gotten President Obama’s attention. Fields was a White House intern in 2009, and Ford began building electric cars in the 11th grade. Others have created nonprofit organizations in Ghana or invented walkie-talkie, bulletproof helmets. See more over at The Root, where in celebration of Black History Month, each day will feature one young leader who’s building on the past toward a better future.