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29. Otis Moss III

Otis Moss III

AGE: 41
OCCUPATION: Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ

It’s been no small task taking over for the controversial Jeremiah Wright, who retired from the Obamas’ former church in 2008. But this dynamic “hip-hop pastor” has attracted younger crowds to the South Side congregation and mobilized African Americans around social justice issues like food deserts and the environment. He recently announced plans for a 27-acre green campus—complete with an urban farm and sustainable housing for seniors—next to Chicago State University.

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