My Vanishing Country: A Memoir

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The small town of Denmark was once a thriving hub of South Carolina’s idyllic Low Country. Yet today, this majority African American town with a population of 3,500 is emblematic of the “Forgotten South”—small communities of color stretching from Appalachia to the Sunbelt. For CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers, Denmark is “home”—the land on which his forefathers toiled to build lives of meaning and substance, despite systemic racism and Jim Crow laws. In My Vanishing Country, he illuminates the pride and pain that continue to fertilize the soil of one of the poorest states in the nation and the forces threatening rural working-class black life. As he eloquently and powerfully argues, places like Denmark are worth saving; its people—and their hopes and dreams—matter because they are an indelible part of America.

Part memoir, part historical and cultural analysis, My Vanishing Country charts Sellers’s extraordinary journey—from growing up the son of civil rights icon Cleveland Sellers to building on his father’s achievements as the youngest person to serve in the South Carolina legislature, to his work today at CNN, and to his life as the father of twins he hopes will embrace the Sellers family name and carry on its legacy.

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Weight0.4 lbs
Dimensions8 × 5.3 × 0.5 in
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May 18, 2021









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