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

Cleveland and Bakari Sellers



  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: TheStudent Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. In 1968, he was shot during the OrangeburgMassacre 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 Centerabout the Black Cultural Conference. This year's theme is Mobilizing The Black Millennial Legacy.

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.