Columbia lawyer, political commentator and former S.C. representative Bakari Sellers has formed and will lead a new, community-focused organization called the Opportunity Project of South Carolina.
The project aims to close gaps in health care, education and technology for S.C. residents, according to a news release. It will provide support and programming in communities with heightened risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer and mental illness; provide support to S.C. education advocates; and help provide technological skills throughout the state.
“Rural communities across my home state and this country are plagued with enormous inequities and inequalities,” Sellers, who became a state representative in 2006 at the age of 22, said in the release. “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.”
Sellers, a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of South Carolina School of Law, is a regular contributor to CNN and an attorney with Strom Law Firm.