Bakari Sellers, a CNN political analyst, lawyer and activist, 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 at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the J.M. Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building.
Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm LLC in Columbia, S.C., and is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers.
“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,” a spokesman said in a news release.
In 2014, he was the Democratic nominee for South Carolina’s lieutenant governor. He earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and his law degree from the University of South Carolina.
“Sellers followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to service taking championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity,” a spokesman said.
In addition to serving on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, he was 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, the spokesman said.
He has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC and now serves on AIPAC’s (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) National Council.
Sellers has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.