Bakari Sellers Launches Opportunity Project
CNN commentator Bakari Sellers has launched a community support organization aiming to close the gaps plaguing South Carolina communities including healthcare, education, and technology. Sellers will lead the Opportunity Project of South Carolina (Opportunity Project) which, in addition to community building, some see as an entré for the former state Representative to run for a higher office. A significant number of South Carolina residents have urged Sellers to challenge Republican Senator Lindsey Graham in 2020, but the Morehouse/University of South Carolina Law School graduate has made no such commitments so far. When he won his legislative seat in South Carolina’s 90th District in 2005 at 22-years-old, he became the youngest African American man to hold elected office in American history. His unsuccessful 2014 run for Lieutenant Governor against Henry McMaster is the subject of a new documentary, While I Breathe, I Hope. “Rural communities across my home state and this country are plagued with enormous inequities and inequalities,” Sellers said. “Whether it be income inequality, or the lack of access to affordable healthcare, or the digital divide, we have to be far more intentional about how we go about closing those gaps and creating opportunity for the South Carolinians that need it most. The Opportunity Project is designed to help close those gaps.” More here.