CNN’s Bakari Sellers to Keynote Grambling State Black History Convocation

Campus Welcomes CNN Commentator and Nation’s Youngest Elected Legislator in History


GRAMBLING, LA – January 24, 2019 – Today, Grambling State University announced CNN Commentator and history-making South Carolina Legislator, Bakari Sellers will keynote the University’s Black History Convocation at 11:00 a.m. on February 19, 2019.

Sellers, an HBCU graduate, is well-known for making 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.

“Mr. Sellers’ accomplishments are an important example of civic engagement for our students and community,” said GSU President Rick Gallot. “His work shows us that it’s never too early to get involved and make an impact. We are honored to have him as our guest.”

In addition to his local work as a lawyer and legislator, Sellers also served on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election; won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor in the state of South Carolina in 2014; and is a regular political commentator for CNN.

Campus and community members are invited to attend this year’s convocation.


WHO:             Grambling State University

WHAT:           Black History Month Convocation

WHEN:           Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 11 a.m.  (C)

WHERE:         Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center, Grambling, LA

Tuesday, February 19th CONVOCATION SCHEDULE


8:00 – 9:20 A.M.                       8:00 – 8:50 A.M.

9:30 – 10:50 A.M.                    9:00 – 9:50 A.M.

11:00 – 12:20 P.M.                 10:00 – 10:50 A.M.

CONVOCATION                    11:00 – 12:30 P.M.

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About Grambling State University

Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information visit