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MLK Regional Celebration

Saginaw Valley State University has partnered with regional businesses, chambers of commerce and community foundations to work together to present a celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

2023 Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Celebration

Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Malcolm Field Theatre


An Evening with 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 Sellers. 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 became the youngest legislator in the South Carolina state legislature at 22. 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 form's Strategic Communication and Public Affairs team and the DEI Consulting practice. He is married to Dr. Ellen Rucker-Sellers and they are the proud parents of three children.

This event will also feature:

  • Presentation of the MLK Scholarship Awards
  • Presentation of the Regional Drum Major Awards


Sponsorship Information

(989) 964-4068

Office of Diversity Services
(989) 964-4068

The Conference Center

(989) 964-4348