Bakari Sellers Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Bakari Sellers        

Youngest Black Elected Official in US; CNN Contributor

Bakari Sellers is an attorney and one of the youngest State Representatives and the youngest black elected official in the United States. Viewing himself not as a politician, but a public servant, Sellers is a passionate keynote speaker on civil rights, equality, education, and faith.

Education has always been a top priority for Sellers. He graduated from the South Carolina public school system and then proceeded to Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Morehouse College, Sellers was elected Student Government Association President and, by virtue of his position, served on the College's Board of Trustees. He earned his juris doctorate from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law and soon entered politics, working for United States Congressman James Clyburn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and the Southeastern Regional Director of the NAACP.

There is no doubt that Sellers's passion for both education and activism have been instilled through his family lineage. His mother, Gwendolyn Sellers, has worked in higher education for over 20 years, while his father, Dr. Cleveland Sellers, has been a champion for civil rights in South Carolina and served as the Director of African American Studies at the University of South Carolina. He is now the President of Voorhees College, in Denmark, South Carolina.

With the strong moral and ethical grounding of his grandparents, the never-ending thirst for education of his mother, and the undying passion for equal opportunity of his father, Sellers has returned to South Carolina. He hopes to continue the Sellers’ legacy of walking in faith, while creating change that benefits all persons – no matter race, color, or creed.

Speech Topics


Walking in Faith While Creating Change

Education, Civil Rights, and Equality: Cornerstones for Our Future

News


Rep. Bakari Sellers Challenges Gov. Haley to Eat a Food Stamp Diet

Comes after Governor says she'd like to see the program place more emphasis on healthy foods.

In South Carolina, Democrat keeps Obamacare at arm's length ...

Bakari Sellers, who is running for lieutenant governor next year, filed a bill Wednesday to "lessen the burden" of the medical device tax on South Carolina ...

SC House members pre-file 53 bills for 2014 : News : CarolinaLive ...

Bakari Sellers seeks to increase domestic violence penalties in a state that consistently rates among the worst in violence against women. Slow driving clearly ...

Hambycast: Can Bakari Sellers save Southern Democrats? - CNN.com

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) -- It's September of 2014, but Bakari Sellers is already getting calls and visits from the small crop of Democrats considering a ...

Want to be President? Convince this guy - CNN.com Video

Hambycast hits S. Carolina, talking 2016 with the man whose endorsement any Democrat running for president will need.

Former House Rep. Bakari Sellers joins CNN as contributor

Related Speakers View all


More like Bakari