Seyram Selase, '06, Challenges Berea Students
On February 4, 2013, Seyram Selase, '06, shared his Berea story as part of the Black Cultural Center
and African American Studies
lecture series, Kula Kusome "To Eat, To Learn, To Study, To Read
." Seyram challenged students to fulfill their obligation of making an impact in the world by dreaming big. Seyram shared that a wide-range of extracurricular activities and various mentors helped provide a valuable experience for him at Berea. Most importantly, he expressed gratitude for the personal journey and transformation as a student, which gave him a purpose.
Seyram is a native of Eastaboga, Alabama and a graduate of Munford High School. He graduated from Berea College with a Bachelor of Science degree and Minor in Black Studies. Seyram is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is 2006 was awarded the prestigious Compton Mentor Fellowship. In 2008, Selase moved back home to Anniston, Alabama to work with a local non-profit NACCI (Northeast Alabama Center for Community Initiatives). His office is housed at St. Michael's Clinic in West Anniston and he currently manages a federally-funded Drug Free Communities Grant. He was invited by the Education Trust whose goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign far too many young people who are black, Latino, or American Indians. In November 2012, Seyram was elected to the Ward 3 Anniston City Council
where he won with 63% of the vote over a 12 year incumbent.
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*You may remember Seyram as Marcus Elston. Seyram legally changed his named after an enlightening and transformational trip to Ghana his senior year at Berea. His new name means "Truth and Justice."