CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer and Activist Bakari Sellers will be the guest speaker for the annual Youth Motivation Task Force assembly at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held Tuesday, February 28 at 11:00 a.m. in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.
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 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.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. Sellers has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to service. Like his father, he champions progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.
Sellers’ accomplishments are impressive. He served on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. He is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation. His uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades which include being named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, he was on “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He also has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC and has made multiple appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe. He now currently serves on AIPAC’s National Council.
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.
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