Explorations in Black Leadership

Co-Directed by Phyllis Leffler & Julian Bond

Greatest Contributions: Setting an Example

BOND: What do you see as your greatest contribution as an African American leader?

SELLERS: An example — I go to prisons a lot and I talk to people who look just like me. I’m twenty-five years old. I represent people in court who look just like me who come in the office and look just like me, so my greatest accomplishment is being an example and being a good example. That’s something I have to deal with, though, which bothered me a little bit when I first got elected because you live in a fishbowl now when you become an elected official and people always, they hold you to a higher standard than they hold themselves, which is fair. But people watch every single thing that you do. They try to interpret everything that you do and you try to be that good example and try not to have any missteps which is hard when you’re twenty-two or twenty-three or twenty-four.

BOND: But you can do it?


BOND: Yeah.