Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

THE 2023 ANNUAL REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LUNCHEON
 

Friday, January 13, 2023
12:00 – 1:30PM
Seattle Convention Center

Speaker: Two-time NY Times best-selling Author, Civil Rights Activist, Attorney, Entrepreneur Legislator - Bakari Sellers

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Bakari Sellers

Two-time NY Times best-selling Author, Civil Rights Activist, Attorney,Entrepreneur, Legislator, and overall Prolific voice of the Culture, Bakari Sellers continues to build upon the strong legacy he inherited as the son of Gwendolyn Sellers and civil rights leader Cleveland Sellars. While his dad helped shape movements working alongside Stokely Carmichael, Bayard Rustin, and Malcolm X, Bakari has come into his own helping to write the blueprint for today's movements with the likes of Rep. James Clyburn, Attorney Benjamin Crump,and President Barack Obama.

Bakari forged his own path from very early on. He entered Morehouse College at the age of 16. He went on to become a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School and he became the youngest legislator in the South Carolina state legislature at 22. He carries this mantle of success with the right balance of gravitas, style, generosity, and humility-a nod to his humble beginnings in Denmark, SC where "please and thank you" are the chief currency in town. In penning both his memoir My Vanishing Country and a children's book entitled "Who Are Your People?," Bakari pays homage to the working-class values that encouraged him to "dream with his eyes wide open" and that are the predicate for his persistent fight for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the US and abroad.

A CNN analyst, Bakari also brings an ability to elevate discourse such that people always feel one step closer to a solution or resolution after he speaks. He combines these and many other talents in his new podcast, The Bakari Sellers Podcast which airs two times a week on the Ringer Podcast Network. Sellers has also been an attorney with the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. in Columbia, South Carolina since 2007, where he heads up the firm's Strategic Communication and Public Affairs team and the DEI Consulting practice.

 

From modest beginnings in the mid 1990s at the Plymouth Congregational Church, the King County Bar’s annual luncheon honoring the legacy of Dr. King now attracts over 700 lawyers, judges, and civic leaders each year and is the bar’s signature diversity event. The event features nationally known keynote speakers, including in recent years Donna Brazille, Andrew Young, Julian Bond, Diane Nash, and Eugene Robinson, who inspire the local legal community to remember and act on Dr. King’s message that all individuals are entitled to justice and equality under the law.