Bakari Sellers: NCU Commencement Speech 2017

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In this video, CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers delivers a compelling, humorous, and inspiring commencement speech at Northcentral University, focusing on the power of purpose. He encourages graduates not to be afraid of failure or let fear stand in the way of their goals. He opens his speech by saying that growing up, his parents taught him that the two most important words are "thank you," and they're not nearly said enough.

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. His political career did not stop there. In 2014, Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in South Carolina, and has also worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn and former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. He is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation.

CNN Political Commentator, Civil Rights Attorney, and Former Representative from South Carolina

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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. Sellers represented South Carolina's 90th district in the lower house of the state legislature from 2006 to 2014 and was also the first vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Sellers has been an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. since 2007 and is an analyst on CNN. In 2010, Time magazine featured Sellers on its 40 Under 40 list, in 2012, Politico named Sellers on its "50 politicos to watch" list and in 2014 was named HBCU Top 30 Under 30.