Friday, December 8, 2017

Columbia, SC --- December 8, 2017 --- Mr. Bakari Sellers, attorney with Strom Law Firm and political analysis for CNN, will deliver the commencement address during the Benedict College Winter Commencement Convocation. The ceremony is set for 9 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017, in the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena on the main campus.

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, he was the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina.

bc_commencement_20171209_speaker_bakari_sellersEarning a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from Morehouse College, where he was elected student body president, and a law degree from the University of South Carolina, Sellers followed in the footsteps of his father. His father, Dr. Cleveland Seller, is a civil rights leader and an icon in South Carolina. They are both passionate servants in the community championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence.

Sellers has an impressive list of accomplishments. He served on former President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation. That, coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle to get things done, has led to numerous accolades including being named to Time Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, 2014, and 2015 and The Root 100 List of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC including multiple appearances on Hardball with Chis Matthew and Morning Joe. He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers.

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