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CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer & Activist
Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent State Representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and became the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina. Read More >
Earning his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina, Sellers was inspired by his father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, and has followed in his footsteps in his tireless commitment to service taking championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.
His impressive list of accomplishments also includes having served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. That along with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done and creative solutions to today's biggest problems has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans and has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC including multiple appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe. He now currently serves on AIPAC’s National Council.
He has served as a featured inspirational speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. He also wrote a book called My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, which illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working class men and women.
Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN. He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers. Read Less ^
Creative Future Leaders
On the Steve Harvey Show
At DNC 2016
Purpose is Power
Debate about White House Spending
On Putin Call Leak
“Bakari was AMAZING! Thanks for everything.”
"Bakari was AMAZING! He is definitely a rising new generation of Civil right activist!! Our students and community members couldn’t stop talking about his message."
"Bakari was absolutely amazing!! He was very personable and gracious with everyone. His message was powerful, meaningful and inspiring to the audience. I believe everyone left the program committed to do more to make a change in our communities and society. At the end, many people wanted to speak to him and get pictures. He was receptive and patient in interacting with everyone. People thanked us all night for bringing him to UMW and Fredericksburg!"
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