Voorhees prepares for its Black History Month Kickoff Celebration


Voorhees prepares for its Black History Month Kickoff Celebration

January 26, 2016


Denmark, S.C. - CNN contributor and former state Rep. Bakari Sellers will be the featured speaker for the Voorhees College Black History Month Kick-off Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m.

Sellers graduated from Morehouse College in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree. In 2008, he earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina.

At the age of 22, he was the youngest African-American to be elected into office. In 2008, Sellers became a major supporter in South Carolina for the President Barack Obama Campaign, serving on his steering committee during the election.

Sellers served as a house member from 2006 to 2014, focusing on issues such as healthcare and education. In 2014, he was the Democratic Nominee for lieutenant governor in the state of South Carolina.

“Bakari proves that you can be from a small town such as Denmark and still reach milestones,” said Willie Jefferson, director of special events. “Students alike can utilize Voorhees to help lead them to bigger opportunities that they too can be proud of.”

Sellers was named Time magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010 and made “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans in 2014 and 2015.

Sellers is a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He currently serves as an attorney at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, S.C. and as a political commentator at CNN.

He is the son of President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr. and Gwendolyn Sellers and is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu