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Politician & CNN Commentator Bakari Sellers To Speak At NCCU Jan. 17

Bakari Sellers

Durham, NCBakari Sellers, politician and CNN commentator, will be  the speaker for North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) Rock the Mic Lecture Series on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in B.N. Duke Auditorium. The event will take place at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College and a juris doctor from the University of South Carolina. He currently practices law with the Strom Law Firm LLC in Columbia, SC.

Now in its third year, the Rock the Mic Lecture Series brings in some of the nation’s top thought-leaders and entrepreneurs to engage students on relevant topics in education, entertainment, politics and social justice. This year’s lectures are presented in collaboration with the university’s Lyceum Series. 

Bakari Sellers
Symone Sanders

Other speakers for the 2017-18 Rock the Mic Lecture Series will include:

  • Feb. 21: Symone Sanders, democratic strategist and political commentator
  • March 1: Zane, New York Times best-selling author and publisher

For more information, contact the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership at (919) 530-5436.

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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