Bakari Sellers, the former state House Representative who has become a fixture on cable TV news announced today he’ll release a new children’s book next year, entitled, Who Are Your People?

“One of my dreams has always been to write a children’s book that allowed children to see themselves in it,” Sellers said in a press release. “Who Are Your People? is a book for dreamers and comes at a critical time when learning about your history and believing in yourself is so important.”

Sellers | C-SPAN screenshot

The book, illustrated by Reggie Brown, was created as a tribute to communities who come together and develop young people and remembers those who came before, and set the pathway for the current generation. In it, Sellers takes readers on a trip through history, “from cotton fields to sit-ins to the present day through the eyes of a young father and his children,” according to the press release. Sellers, who grew up in an activist family, has young kids of his own.

Who are Your People? is Sellers’ second book, following last year’s New York Times-bestseller, My Vanishing Country.

Sellers, 36, was raised in Denmark, S.C., served in the state House of Representatives for eight years and mounted a 2014 bid for lieutenant governor against current Gov. Henry McMaster. Since then, he’s worked as an attorney, made frequent appearances on CNN and is the host of The Bakari Sellers Podcast as part of the sports and culture website The Ringer.

Who Are Your People? is set to release Jan. 11, 2022. Preorders are available now.

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