The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans in 2020 - 13: Raquel Willis

Oleg Dyachenko
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In the same way that she empowers people with her words as an accomplished writer, Raquel Willis moves folks to action with her activism. In June the multihyphenate transgender leader delivered an electrifying speech in which she led an estimated crowd of 15,000 protesters in an "I believe in Black trans power" chant of solidarity at the Brooklyn Museum. Her career trajectory-from community strategist to founder of Black Trans Circles, a leadership and healing space for Black trans women- has been marked by a dedication to lifting marginalized people after another. In June it led her to her latest opportunity to serve, as director of communications for the Ms. Foundation for Women, joining in the organization's 47-year advocacy for gender equity and women of color-led movements. On the ground or in the office, her work is leading the way forward to ensure that trans voices are heard.