Bakari Sellers Wiki – Bakari Sellers Biography
Bakari Sellers born Bakari T. Sellers is an American attorney, political commentator, and politician. He is currently a political analyst on CNN. He represented South Carolina’s 90th district in the lower house of the state legislature from 2006 to 2014, becoming the youngest African American elected official in the country at age 22. He vacated his seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives to run for Lieutenant Governor in 2014 but lost to Henry McMaster. He was succeeded in the House by Justin T. Bamberg.
He has worked for Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. He has been an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, South Carolina since 2007. He is also currently on the board of directors of Level Brands and Let America Vote (a voting rights organization founded by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander).
He first attended the annual AIPAC conference while serving as student body president at Morehouse College. He has since become a prominent African-American Zionist. In 2016, he authored a letter signed by 60 fellow African-American politicians urging the Democratic Platform Committee to keep the same language, refusing to include the statement that Israel is engaging in an “occupation” of Palestine that appeared in previous Democratic platforms. Sellers received criticism from pro-Palestinian activists, and groups such as Black Lives Matter, for his opposition to including the word “occupation”.
In response to an incident between a teenager, Nicholas Sandmann, and Native American activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial, he tweeted about the teen: “He is deplorable. Some ppl can also be punched in the face.” He backtracked and deleted the tweet, claiming his comment was “metaphoric” and “taken out of context” though he still claimed that the students “displayed xenophobic racist behavior.” He was later included in a lawsuit brought by the teen’s parents against CNN, where he worked as an analyst.
In 2010, Time magazine featured him on its 40 Under 40 list. In 2012, Politico named Sellers on its “50 politicos to watch” list. He was named HBCU Top 30 Under 30 in July 2014. In May 2020, he released an autobiography, My Vanishing Country, that centers on the forgotten lives of African-American working-class people in the rural U.S. South.
He went to study at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. In 2005, he earned a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies from Morehouse College, a private all-male and historically black, liberal arts college, in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Bakari Sellers Age
He was born on September 18, 1984, in Bamberg, South Carolina, United States.
Bakari Sellers Wife
In the summer of 2015, he married his wife, Ellen Rucker Carter, a chiropractor and co-owner of Rucker Roots hair care products.
Bakari Sellers Children
He has twin children, Sadie Ellen and Stokely Taggart. His wife has a daughter, Kai Michelle Carter, from her previous marriage.
Bakari Sellers Parents
He is the son of Gwendolyn Sellers and civil rights activist and professor Cleveland Sellers.
Bakari Sellers Instagram
Bakari Sellers’ Instagram account is @bakarisellers. His Instagram bio reads, “Father, Husband, CNN Commentator, Lawyer
Member of SC House of Reps ‘06-‘14, Dem Nom for Lt. Gov 2014, NY Times Best Seller, #MyVanishingCountry.” His Twitter bio reads, “Former SC House of Rep ’06 – ’14. @CNN @StromLaw. Author of NYT Bestseller “My Vanishing Country,” in stores now.”