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Bakari Sellers        

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

Two-time NY Times best-selling Author, Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Entrepreneur, Legislator, and overall Prolific voice of the Culture, Bakari Sellers continues to build upon the strong legacy he inherited as the son of Gwendolyn Sellers and civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers. While his dad helped shape movements working alongside Stokely Carmichael, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X, Sellers has come into his own, helping to write the blueprint for today's movements with the likes of Rep. James Clyburn, Attorney Benjamin Crump, and President Barack Obama.

Sellers forged his own path from very early on. He entered Morehouse College at the age of 16. He went on to become a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School and he became the youngest legislator in the South Carolina state legislature at 22. He carries this mantle of success with the right balance of gravitas, style, generosity, and humility-a nod to his humble beginnings in Denmark, SC where "please and thank you" are the chief currency in town. In penning both his memoir “My Vanishing Country” and a children's book entitled "Who Are Your People?," Sellers pays homage to the working-class values that encouraged him to "dream with his eyes wide open" and that are the predicate for his persistent fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the US and abroad. Sellers' third book “The Moment” will be released on April 24th of this year. In this powerful and persuasive book, Sellers expands on the issues he addressed in his New York Times bestseller "My Vanishing Country," examining national politics and policies that deeply impact not only Black people in his home state of South Carolina but the lives of millions of African Americans in communities across the nation. Four years later, Sellers has an answer to the question he raised on CNN, offering much needed prescriptions to help all Black American lives.

A CNN analyst, Sellers also brings an ability to elevate discourse such that people always feel one step closer to a solution or resolution after he speaks. He combines these and many other talents in his new podcast, "The Bakari Sellers Podcast" which airs two times a week on the Ringer Podcast Network. Sellers has also been an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, South Carolina since 2007, where he heads up the firm's Strategic Communication and Public Affairs team and the DEI Consulting practice.

He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers and they are the proud parents of three children.

Speech Topics

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

Walking in Faith While Creating Change


Former House Rep. Bakari Sellers joins CNN as contributor
Want to be President? Convince this guy - 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? -
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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