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ESSENCE Poll: Who's Your Person of the Year?

Time Magazine's selection of President Obama as "Person of the Year" has us thinking about the many outstanding figures in our community.

President Obama is Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for a second time since its last selection in 2008. The magazine says it selected our commander-in-chief because he is such a unifying force.

The president’s “re-election” as “Person of the Year” has us thinking about the many outstanding figures in our own community. We’re talking about the bravery of Sybrina Fulton, who, together with her ex-husband Tracy Martin, tirelessly campaigned to make the killing of their teen son Trayvon Martin one of the most pressing issues of the year. Then there was the phenomenal Gabby Douglas, who became the first African-American to win Olympic gold in the women’s individual all-around finals. Serena Williams continued to ascend to her rightful place as one of the greatest athletes of our time by winning four Olympic gold medals and 15 Grand Slam singles titles this year. Through her wildly addictive reality show Fix My Life, Iyanla Vanzant showed us how a little tough love and “truth-telling” can totally transform our lives.

So tell us, do you agree with Time? If not, who would you vote as your person of the year? We realize there are many unsung heroes in our communities and whomever you choose may not be famous, so go ahead and tell us about them in the comments below.

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