Bakari Sellers

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 the youngest African American elected  official in the nation.

In 2014 Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and is widely  considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for  his generation.

Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he  served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of  South Carolina. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader  Dr. Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to public service while  championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and  poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

In addition to his impressive list of early accomplishments, Sellers served on  President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008  election. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and  get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME  Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014’s “The Root 100” list of the  nation’s most influential African-Americans. Sellers has been a much sought  after public speaker and has provided political and social commentary and  analysis on many major national news outlets.

He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education  Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, NAACP, the  2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening  keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.


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