Books on Broad will host Bakari Sellers for a book signing of his memoir My Vanishing Country on Friday, May 29, 2020, from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Books on Broad is located at 944 Broad Street, Camden, S.C. 803-713-7323 M-S. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. Social distancing rules will apply.
Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country is an eye-opening journey through the South’s past, present, and future.
Anchored in Bakari Sellers’ hometown of Denmark, My Vanishing Country illuminates the pride and pain that continues to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation. He traces his father’s rise to befriend of Stokely Carmichael and Martin Luther King, become a civil rights hero, and become a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to explore the plight of the South's dwindling rural, black working class—many of whom can trace their ancestry back for seven generations.
In his poetic personal history, Sellers awakens us to see the crisis affecting the other “Forgotten Men & Women,” who the media seldom acknowledges. For Sellers, these are his family members, neighbors, and friends. He humanizes the struggles that shape their lives: to gain access to healthcare as rural hospitals disappear; to make ends meet as the factories they have relied on shut down and move overseas; to hold on to precious traditions as their towns erode; to forge a path forward without succumbing to despair.
My Vanishing Country is also a love letter to fatherhood—to Sellers' father, his lodestar, whose life lessons have shaped him, and to his newborn twins, who he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and honor its legacy. Just as the generation before inspired him, Sellers believes in the next one, and in the freedom it will bring.
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 2010 he was named to TIME’s “40 Under 40.” In 2014 and 2015 he was named to The Root 100 “Most Influential African Americans.” Sellers practices law with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC and is a Political Commentator at CNN.
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