CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers to give ‘Real Talk’ on Political Engagement

Friday, October 7, 2016

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – SC State University’s Program for African American Male Achievement & Leadership (PAMMAL) will host CNN political contributor and former South Carolina House of Representative Bakari Sellers for its kickoff Real Talk Speaker Series. The event, “Real Talk: Why the Black Community Must Be Politically Engaged” will take place on Monday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Evans“One of the goals this year for the Program for African American Male Achievement & Leadership is to ensure our students and community members are registered to vote and remain abreast of the critical issues in politics. This presidential election is critical, and Bakari Sellers is a perfect fit to kick-off our Real Talk Speaker Series this year,” said Dr. Rashad Anderson, director of PAAMAL.

Sellers has been called “a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation. He made history in 2006, when at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent in a South Carolina state representative race. Sellers became the youngest African-American elected official in the U.S. Additionally, he was named the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in South Carolina.

Sellers’ resume includes an impressive list of accomplishments, including serving on President Obama’s South Carolina steering committee in 2008. He was listed in Time Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” in 2010, 2014 and 2015. Most recently, Sellers has provided political commentary and analysis to multiple cable network shows, most notably as a regular on the CNN network.

Sellers received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College. He then received his law degree from the University of South Carolina. Sellers notably began his educational journey at Felton Laboratory School on the campus of SC State University.

This lecture is among several events geared during the week of October 24-28, which will be designated as the 101 Black Men of SC State University Society week. The 101 Black Men is the student organization of the Program for African American Male Achievement & Leadership, formerly known as the Black Male Project.

For additional information about the PAAMAL, 101 Black Men or this event, contact Dr. Rashad Anderson at (803) 536-8490 or by email at