My Vanishing Country by Sellers
New York Times Bestseller
“Bakari Sellers’ My Vanishing Country is exactly the book we need right now. The issues he raises are deeply personal and important to me. In his captivating memoir, Sellers not only brings a personal touch to the resilient people in places like his hometown of Denmark, South Carolina, but he also rings the alarm about dangerous policies being enacted across the state and the devastating impact that they are having on people’s everyday lives.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton
An eye-opening odyssey through the South’s past, present, and future that is a moving and gripping tribute to America’s forgotten rural working-class black folks.
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.