Charlotte’s Levine Museum To Host CNN Commentator Bakari for Conversation on Social Justice


CNN commentator and former South Carolina state representative Bakari Sellers – who became the youngest African American elected official in United States history at age 22 – will join Levine Museum Thursday for a conversation on the region’s history of racial inequity and how to create tangible change.

In a conversation series called “What’s it going to take?” moderated by Urban League of the Central Carolinas President William “Teddy” McDaniel, III, Sellers will discuss the current social justice landscape  and the role elected officials – and those vying for office – can play in furthering racial justice.

Sellers will discuss his personal experiences – and those of his father growing up in the rural southern Black Belt, which Sellers outlines in his memoir My Vanishing Country – to discuss how racial discrimination has shaped the identity of the South.

Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent state representative to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African American elected official in the nation. In 2010 he was named to TIME’s “40 Under 40” list and in 2014 and 2015 he was named to The Root’s 100 “Most Influential African Americans” list. Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, South Carolina and is a political commentator at CNN.

Levine Museum will livestream the event on its Facebook page (@levinemuseum), YouTube (Levine Museum of the New South) and website on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7 p.m. For more information, please visit