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Join April Ryan, White House correspondent at TheGrio and author of Under Fire, At Mama’s Knee, and The Presidency in Black and White for the eighth installment in an ongoing series of discussions focusing on the panelists' most recent books and current events. Ryan will examine recent and longstanding issues with the following panelists:
Bakari Sellers is the author of My Vanishing Country, a memoir that illuminates the lives of America’s forgotten black working-class men and women. Sellers made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a26-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 2014 he was the Democratic Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in the state of South Carolina. Sellers is a CNN political analyst and served in the South Carolina state legislature.
D. Watkins is Editor at Large for Salon and the author of The Beast Side: Living and Dying While Black in America and We Speak for Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress. He is a college lecturer at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project, an archival website of original interviews, personal narratives, profiles, music, and short films created and curated by high school students from Baltimore City Public Schools. His most recent book, When Tomorrows Aren't Promised, was just published by Gallery Books.
Keith Boykin is a CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. Boykin teaches at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York and previously taught at American University in Washington, D.C. He is a co-founder and first board president of the National Black Justice Coalition. His latest book is Race Against Time: The Politics of a Darkening America.