The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 57: Arisha Hatch

Oleg Dyachenko
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As head of campaigns at the news-making civil rights organization Color of Change, Arisha Hatch has been behind many of the group's narrative-shifting actions to bring issues of social justice into the public&'s consciousness. With Hatch deftly working to connect Black people and concentrate their collective power, Color of Change has ousted problematic prosecutors across the country and helped drive successful efforts to #MuteRKelly and halt additional seasons of the long-problematic TV show _Cops_; the organization even got Paypal and Mastercard to ban white supremacists from their platforms. Hatch's ability to achieve such a laundry list of accomplishments can be traced to her impressive credentials. She attended Stanford University and holds a doctorate in law from Santa Clara University but left a legal career to support Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. That taste of campaigning propelled her to work on overturning Proposition 8 in California, a win that led Hatch to advocate with Color of Change.