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Bakari Sellers responding to a question about President Barack Obama.

In 2006, at just 22 years old, Bakari Sellers made history when he defeated 26-year incumbent State Representative Thomas Rhoad Jr. to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature. Achieving that accomplishment cemented Sellers as the youngest African American elected official in United States history.

The first vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party visited Roanoke College on Monday, January 22, to share his story and talk about the current state of politics. Roanoke College senior Myles Cooper introduced the 2005 Morehouse College graduate.

For nearly two hours, Bakari discussed how he got to where he is today, pressing issues currently facing America and President Donald Trump. “We often get caught up in Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’…

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