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LISTEN: Civil Rights Leader And Son Talk Activism Then And Now

Sep 15, 2017


  


  On this month's show we talk with the keynote speakers at the Black Cultural Conference, which takes place Sept. 21-23, 2017 at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Cleveland Sellers helped lead one of the most important organizations in the civil rights movement: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1968, he was shot during the Orangeburg Massacre in South Carolina.

Sellers was sent to prison, but was later pardoned.  He has continued his activism and recently stepped down as president of Voorhees College, a historically black university in South Carolina.

His son, Bakari Sellers, is an attorney and former state lawmaker who’s a frequent commentator on CNN.

We also talk with Brandi Stone, program services specialist with the UNM African American Student Services Center about the Black Cultural Conference. This year's theme is Mobilizing The Black Millennial Legacy.