Name: Robin Roberts
Distinction: A major media figure beloved by the public
Brief History: A native of Mississippi, Robin started her storied career in broadcasting in 1983 at a local affiliate. She went on to report for both ESPN and famously for Good Morning America. In 2012 she was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for all of her work for the sport through her broadcasting influence. We all know the story of her cancer and how she bravely faced it in the public eye. This year she was named as one of 31 Icons for LGBT History Month by the Equality Forum.
Importance: So often, the marginalized have their humanity taken from them. They are made in spectacles and stereotypes. People with the kind of heart and charisma that Robin Roberts possesses smashes through those stereotypes.