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Representative Bakari T. Sellers as Opening Convocation speaker

August 31, 2010

Voorhees College will officially welcome the 304 new students of the Class of 2014 and returning students to campus during Opening Convocation, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.  

The speaker for Convocation will be Representative Bakari T. Sellers., one of the youngest State Representatives and the youngest black elected official in the United States.  

Sellers, who is the son of Voorhees College President Cleveland L. Sellers, Jr., began his journey in the realm of politics by working for United States Congressman James Clyburn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and the Southeastern Regional Director of the NAACP. While at Morehouse College, Sellers was elected Student Government Association President and, by virtue of his position, served on the college's Board of Trustees. These experiences have inspired him to engage in "not politics, but public service."  

Sellers graduated from Morehouse College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later earned his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School Of Law.

At the age of 25, Sellers is an employee at Strom Law Firm and represents District 90, which includes Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg County, in the South Carolina General Assembly.