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MLK Commemoration

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 2014 Sellers won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and leading voice for his generation.

Sellers earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president, and his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He has followed in the footsteps of his father, civil rights leader Dr. Cleveland Sellers, in his tireless commitment to public service while championing progressive policies to address issues ranging from education and poverty to preventing domestic violence and childhood obesity.

In addition to his impressive list of early accomplishments, Sellers served on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election. That coupled with his uncommon ability to reach across the aisle and get things done has led to numerous accolades including being named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014’s “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. Sellers has been a much sought after public speaker and has provided political and social commentary and analysis on many major national news outlets.

He has served as a featured speaker at events for the National Education Association, College Democrats of America National Convention, NAACP, the 2008 Democratic National Convention and, in 2007, delivered the opening keynote address to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC.



MLK Jr. Day of Service
Monday January 15, 2018

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps empower and strengthen local communities. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.

For MLK 2018, we will collaborate with the Armstrong campus and their MLK activities.

Become a Volunteer

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to provide two hours of service to community partners in the Statesboro area. Click here to sign up.

Day of Service Schedule

Check back soon for updates

Previous Speakers

The following are a list of previous MLK Jr. Commemoration Speakers at Georgia Southern University:

Speaker Year
Myrlie Evers-Williams 2006
Bernice King 2007
Dr. Cornell West 2008
Tavis Smiley 2009
Michael Eric Dyson 2010
Dr. Angela Davis 2011
Dick Gregory 2012
Soledad O’Brien 2013
Ambassador Andrew Young 2014
Michele Norris 2015
Dr. Steve Perry 2016
Nikki Giovanni 2017


Last updated: 12/12/2017