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The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) invites you to this year's 37th Annual Statewide Hall of Fame Convention held Oct. 16-18, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel located in San Diego, California. This event provides you with exclusive access to hundreds of BAPAC members, political leaders, advocates, policymakers, California elected officials, entrepreneurs, and more. Annually, influencers throughout the country gather once year during the BAPAC convention to address political and policy issues that affect underserved communities. We are expecting national dignitaries and other notable invitees. 


For three days, hundreds of BAPAC California delegates will convene to network, workshop, and strategize in building a new vision for 2016: A nonpartisan vision that strategically advocates for the educational, economic, and cultural equity of our underserved California communities. This year's theme: "If you build it, they will come." We are celebrating, honoring the builders within communities in California and across the country. 


Celebrating Builders within the Community 

Welcome to San Diego, California 

This year's convention will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. Great weather and sandy beaches make San Diego, California the best destination for a convention. For more information about San Diego and tourist attractions, click here.


City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer welcomes convention attendees...
















































Host Hotel: Four Points Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego, California, 92123 


To reserve your hotel please contact (858) 810-5616 and request the Black American Political Association of California group rate. Attendees will be required to guarantee their reservation with one night's prepaid room and tax or with a major credit card.  The discount hotel group rate is available until September 16, 2015. Hotel reservations after this date will be available at regular hotel rates. 





 37th Statewide BAPAC Convention Press 


Friday, Oct. 16, 6PM-7:30PM

Voting Rights Act Chat

The Honorable Juan Vargas and Lemon Grove’s (San Diego) Mayor Pro Tem Racquel Vazquez will help us understand what’s at stake and what we can do now to restore key Voting Rights Act protections.

Friday, Oct. 16, 8PM-12AM

Caribbean Night Welcome Reception

"Caribbean Night" Welcome Reception Guests include conference attendees, BAPAC members, elected officials, and more.


Saturday, Oct. 17, 6AM-8AM

Onsite Registration

Onsite Registration at the Four Points Sheraton. 

Saturday, Oct. 17, 8AM-9AM

Light Breakfast

Convention Kick-off Breakfast

Saturday, Oct. 17, 9AM-12PM

Plenary Sessions

BAPAC Plenary Sessions will run concurrent. Breakout session topics: Veteran Issues, Health, Economic, Civic Engagement, Political Involvement


Saturday, Oct. 17, 9AM-6PM

Youth Summit

Convention Youth Summit (K-12)

Participants must have a parent/guardian registered for convention

Saturday, Oct. 17, 12PM-3PM

Black & Brown Dialogue Luncheon

Keynote lunch addressing issues impacting African-American and underserved communities.


Saturday, Oct. 17, 6PM-7PM

VIP Reception - Invite Only

BAPAC to host a VIP networking reception with special guests. *Press Room*

Saturday, Oct. 17, 8PM-12AM

Hall of Fame Gala

BAPAC will host a Hall of Fame Gala, honoring builders within the community. Included with convention package.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 9AM-10AM

Policy Session

Black Newspaper Forum/Policy Session

Sunday, Oct. 18, 10AM-12PM

"Keepin' it Movin' Brunch"

Special keynote brunch. *Special guests*

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BAPAC Convention Registration

Register for the 37th Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) Annual Statewide Hall of Fame Convention held Oct. 16-18, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel located in San Diego, California.


Pivotal Year


As we approach the 2016 election year, it's important to build, discuss, and provide solutions to issues that matter to African-American and underserved communities in California and throughout the United States. During this convention, we've incorporated a youth summit, high-impact plenaries, voting toolkits, high-level keynotes, a gala, and more. We've invited and confirmed hundreds of policy makers, BAPAC delegates, elected officials, advocates, community leaders, entrepreneurs to convene during this pivotal time in history. As we build and acknowledge the work of statewide and national leaders during this convention, we also acknowledge the work of those who sacrificed their life during the most pivotal times in history. 


"If you build it, they will come"


This year's theme, "If you build it, they will come," acknowledges those who have paved the way for monumental changes in African-American history (e.g., voting rights) and acknowledge those who are continuing to make a difference. During a time of protest and movement (#BlackLivesMatter) within African-American communities, dialogue and solutions are needed now more than ever. This convention will connect generations of leaders and provide useful toolkits attendees can use within their communities. If you live in California and are currently looking for resources to bring back to your community, this is a convention you don't want to miss. 















Hall of Fame BAPAC Convention Package ($150) includes the following: 


  • Convention Bag, All Access Badge  

  • Voting Rights Chat Session w/ California's Elected Officials

  • 'Caribbean Night Welcome Reception'

  • Light Kickoff Breakfast 

  • Black and Brown Dialogue Luncheon

  • 'Keepin' It Movin' Breakfast

  • Multicultural Luncheon 

  • Youth Summit (Age Group K-12) 

  • High-Impact Plenary Sessions

  • Emerging Leaders Plenary Session (Age Group: 21-40) 

  • Gala

  • Networking Opportunities


   Dress code: Business Attire 























*Convention attendees may purchase more than one convention package; however, a registration form must be completed for each attendee

After you purchase a BAPAC convention package, please fill out the BAPAC Convention Registration Form below. 


Purchase BAPAC Convention Package

 Here ($150)

BAPAC Convention Registration Form

Youth Summit Registration 

Registered youth must have a parent or guardian registered for the convention. We ask that you please fill out a form for each child. Children (K-12) will have the opportunity to experience high-level workshops in STEM, public policy, economic empowerment, civic engagement, and more. 


Media Registration 

     Credentialed media will have daily access to three-day BAPAC convention. Please fill out form below on behalf of your media outlet. Media will receive all access to convention. Must show press credentials.

BAPAC Convention Gala 

This year, BAPAC is featuring an exclusive BAPAC Gala: Red Carpet Afffair on Oct. 17, 2015 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. to acknowledge honorees. We are expecting a sold-out event with hundreds of influencers and leaders in California and throughout the country. With an upcoming presidential election year, BAPAC is expecting special guests and high-ranking officials. The Hall of Fame BAPAC Convention Package includes the gala. Tables are available. 




Special Thank You to Our Convention Sponsors 

We would like to thank our sponsors: The California Endowment, Unified Port of San Diego, and Qualcomm. 

Gala Ticket: $50 

Gala Table Sponsorship: $500 

*Note: Convention packages include a gala ticket. Gala ticket purchases are for individuals who did not purchase a convention package but would like to attend gala. If you have any questions, please email

Convention Refund Policy

No refunds are distributed during the 37th Annual Statewide Convention, October 16-18, 2015. Refunds will be returned 4-6 weeks following the convention. Refunds will be considered upon presentation of a valid receipt. If you have any questions, please contact BAPAC at 619-665-3878 or 619-962-3888.

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