Bakari Sellers, a CNN contributor and political commentator, will deliver the keynote address at Norfolk State University’s 2017 Founders Day Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 a.m., in the NSU Student Center. The event is a part of the university’s Founders Day activities and 82-year anniversary celebration.
Sellers provides commentary and analysis to shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews, State of the Union, and Morning Joe on CNN and MSNBC. The attorney followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Cleveland
Sellers and has remained committed to addressing issues such as domestic violence prevention, childhood wellness, education and poverty.
Sellers made history in 2006, at just 22 years old, when he defeated 26-year South Carolina incumbent State Representative Thomas Rhoad Jr. to become the youngest member of the South Carolina State legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the United States. Two years later, Sellers served on former President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee. In 2014, Sellers became the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in South Carolina.
Recently, Sellers has been in the news addressing issues regarding race and wealth disparity following the incidents in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sellers accolades include being named to TIME magazine’s “40 under 40” list, “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African Americans, and serving on the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Sellers currently practices law in Columbia, South Carolina.
Seller’s visit and address is one of the many events planned the week of Sept. 18-22 to celebrate NSU’s history including a Founders Day Ceremonial Walk.
For more information about NSU Founders Day events and activities, contact University Events at (757)-823-8323.