Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (File photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Root has named Kasim Reed the sixth most influential African-American in the nation.
The website cites that Reed has "emerged as a surrogate for President Barack Obama and a rising star among Democrats." He has been credited for "improving Atlanta's public services and bolstering the city's financial position and bridging racial divides."
According to the City of Atlanta's website, Reed said "I wake up every single day thinking about how I can make Atlanta safer, financially stronger and more competitive," said Mayor Reed.
"I am never satisfied and my job is never complete, but I am honored that The Root has recognized me on its annual list of the Top 100 African-American achievers and influencers. I am also inspired by the successes of my fellow honorees, who all have made path breaking change in their respective fields."
Reed, a graduate of Howard University, is noted as one of the Democratic Party's "New Guard." And was recently received the Distinguished Leaders Award from the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.