Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 2017

January 23 to 27, 2017


The University of Mary Washington Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keynote Speaker: Attorney Bakari Sellers
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:00 p.m., Chandler Ballroom, University Center
Sponsored by the Office of the President


Elected in 2006 to the South Carolina House of Representatives at the age of 22, Bakari Sellers is an attorney, one of the youngest State Representatives, and the youngest black elected official in the United States. Viewing himself not as a politician, but a public servant, Sellers is a passionate keynote speaker on civil rights, equality, education, and faith.

Education has always been a top priority for Sellers. He graduated from the South Carolina public school system and then proceeded to Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. 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. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law and soon entered politics, working for United States Congressman James Clyburn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and the Southeastern Regional Director of the NAACP.