Impact Arizona

Social Justice and the Political Landscape - Bakari Sellers

Bakari Sellers - attorney, CNN political analyst and former Democratic member of South Carolina’s House of Representatives - will examine social justice in the 21st century and America's current political landscape in dynamic public lecture.

Join us for an evening that will challenge our assumptions and beliefs by increasing awareness and fostering critical thinking.

Free  |  Open to the Public  |  Seating is Limited

Bakari Sellers PhotoBakari Sellers

Attorney and CNN Contributor

Bakari Sellers was raised in South Carolina and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he was elected Student Government Associated President and served on the Colleges’ Board of Trustees. After graduating from Morehouse, Sellers earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has committed his life and career to service, following in the footsteps of his father civil rights leader Cleveland Sellers, championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

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. He served on President Barack Obama's South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, and in 2014, he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. Presently, Sellers is the first vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party.

TIME Magazine named Sellers to their 40 Under 40 list in 2010 as well as 2014, and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He has been a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, the 2008 Democratic National Convention, and delivered the keynote address to the 2007 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC. The summer of 2016, Sellers gave one of the opening speeches at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC. Recently, he launched his podcast, “Viewpoint with Bakari Sellers,” on Westwood One with guests that have included Hillary Clinton, Mark Cuban and Charles Barkley. He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers

Location: Beus Center for Law and Society

ASU Downtown Phoenix 
Beus Center for Law and Society, rm 140
111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix


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Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

ASU Downtown Phoenix
Beus Center for Law and Society, room 140
111 E Taylor St, Phoenix