Bloomsburg University to host activist and lawyer Bakari Sellers for MLK celebration

For Immediate Release
Date: January 9, 2020

Contact: Tom McGuire, Director of Communications

Bloomsburg University to host activist and lawyer Bakari Sellers for MLK celebration

BLOOMSBURG--Activist, lawyer, and political analyst, Bakari Sellers will be the guest speaker at Bloomsburg University annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall's Gross Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

Sellers was the youngest African-American to be elected to the South Carolina State House in 2006, and at the time, the youngest African American elected official in the nation.

Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in 2005. While at Morehouse, he was elected Student Government Association President and served on the College’s Board of Trustees.  In 2008 he earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has 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. 

In 2010 TIME Magazine named him to the 40 Under 40, and was named one of the nation’s most influential African-Americans by “The Root 100” in 2014 and 2015.

Sellers has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC, including multiple appearances on Hardball with Chris Matthews and Morning Joe. He has also 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, DC. 

Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, S.C. and is a political commentator at CNN. He is married to Ellen Rucker-Sellers, a chiropractor and co-owner of Rucker Roots hair care products. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in five distinct colleges: College of Education, Zeigler College of Business, College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Technology, and new Honors College.