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Bakari Sellers          

Author, Attorney, Political Commentator & Youngest African American Elected Official in the U.S.

Bakari Sellers was born into an activist family. His father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, instilled core values in him to continue in the tireless commitment to service.

In 2005 Sellers earned a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies from Morehouse College. He continued his education at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008 earning a juris doctor. Sellers currently practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC where he heads the firm’s Strategic Communication and Public Affairs team and has recently added Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consulting to the list of services offered.

Sellers made history in the 2006 South Carolina state legislature as the youngest African American elected official in the nation, at the age of 22. His political career did not stop there, in 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers has also worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin.

His accomplishments do not go unnoticed within the Democratic Party. In 2008 he served on President Obama’s South Carolina steering committee. His ability to “reach across the aisle to get things done” has led to numerous achievements including being named TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans in 2015, and HBCU Top 30 Under 30 in July 2014.

Sellers has served as a featured speaker at various political events, universities, and national trade organizations across the country, such as the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention. He has been a champion of progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

Sellers is married to his wife Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers and father to twins Sadie and Stokely.

Speech Topics


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

Walking in Faith While Creating Change

News


Former House Rep. Bakari Sellers joins CNN as contributor
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.

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