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Reclaiming the American Dream
for all Americans
* October 7-9

The Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) invites you to this year's 38th Annual Statewide Hall of Fame Convention from October 7-9, 2015 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, California. Enjoy exclusive access to hundreds of BAPAC members; political leaders; advocates; policymakers; local, state, and national elected officials; and entrepreneurs. We are hosting a variety of workshops addressing political and policy issues that affect underserved communities in California. Hundreds of BAPAC California delegates will convene to network and strategize a new vision for Reclaiming the American Dream for all Americans.

Venue: Four Points Sheraton

Four Points Sheraton * 8110 Aero Drive * San Diego, CA 92123
BAPAC has secured a group hotel rate of $115.00/per night + taxes. 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 October 7, 2016.

Friday, October 7

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jobs for the Middle Class Job Fair

Conference registration begins at 1:00 p.m.


3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Color of Wealth Data Presentation & Best Practices Application

By Federal Reserve Bank – San Francisco and UCLA Professor Melany De La Cruz; Moderator - Chris Holden, President Black Caucus

8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Spanish Harlem Welcome Reception

Saturday, October 8


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast Plenary

Welcome by Assemblymember, Shirley Weber


9:00 AM – 11:00 AM   
Information Breeds Transformation Workshops

Choose from seven plenary sessions

Emerging Leaders / Civic Engagement –  “Creating a Bench” with Dr. Shirley Weber, Speaker appointed Boards and Commissions, Speaker Assemblymember Rendon’s Staff


Legislative Policy – Learn how to create, impact, and influence legislation from subject matter experts who will discuss recently passed, signed legislation  and their impact on the black community. Invited Moderator California Black Caucus Member.


Home Ownership & Economic Empowerment – This workshop will provide community advocates the tools to create wealth, and sustain community programs. BAPAC SD Workshop Chair  Mr. Derrick Luckett, Director of Business Development & BAPAC SD Workshop Chair


Women’s Workshop – This unique workshop is influenced by Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 'The United State of Woman Summit' held earlier this year.  BAPAC SD Workshop Chair – Ms. Rhonda Hunt Phillips, Deputy Director 6.0 of the Naval Air Technical Data & Engineering Service Center, Naval Air Station North Island.  Invited Moderator Senator Holly Mitchell, Black Caucus Member.

Education “The Great Equalizer” – The Black Superintendents of California will use Education Trust data and information to speak to educators, community members, and parents about solutions and advocates for black and brown children.  Black Superintendents and African American Association of Educators Panel

Invited Moderator Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Black Caucus Member.


Our Beloved African American Veterans – This workshop will cover the plight of black veterans in California, best practices available to address their issues, and what various organizations are offering to support California Veterans. BAPAC SD Workshop Chair –Dr. Hank Hendrixx, NABVETS. Panelists include Nate Mundy, Minority Veteran Coalition & NABVETS; Bobby McDonald, Buffalo Soldier; Tara Jones; Darnisha Hunter; Invited Moderator Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, Black Caucus Member.


Law and Order vs. Community Policing

Invited panel of experts include County Probation Chief Adolpho

Gonzalez; Student Minister Hugh Muhammad; Pastor Ricky Laster;

Police Chief  Shelly Zimmerman; and others.


9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Youth Empowerment Summit (grades K-12)

Young people from all over California are prepared for the upcoming

technological and sociological challenges they will face during the

next 20 years. Hosted by the Youth Empowerment Leadership Team.

Invited Moderator Assemblymember Sabastian Ridley-Thomas,

Black Caucus Member.


10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Parent Empowerment Summit

Parents are provided a vision and road map to guide their

children from birth to college, into career. Parents and

experts will share best practices. Facilitated by University

of California Office of the President and others. Invited

Moderator Assemblymember Sabastian Ridley-Thomas,

Black Caucus Member.


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch Keynote
Kimberly Ellis, Executive Director in Emerge America's Network

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Information Breeds Transformation Workshops

Choose from seven plenary sessions described above

  • Emerging Leaders / Civic Engagement

  • Legislative Policy

  • Home Ownership & Economic Empowerment

  • Women’s Workshop

  • Education “The Great Equalizer”

  • Our Beloved African American Veterans

  • Law and Order vs. Community Policing

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Choose from two sessions, Health Presentation or Media Policy

Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder
Dr. Rodney Hood, President of the Multicultural Independent Physician Association

Black Newspaper Forum on Ballot Propositions

Ms. Regina Wilson, President California Black Media, and other media professionals will discuss current propositions on the November 2016 ballot as well as the pros, cons, community economic benefits.


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

VIP Reception – Celebrating Kings and Queens of Africa (Invite Only)

African Attire preferred but not required


8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Percy Pinkney Hall of Fame Gala

BAPAC will host a Hall of Fame Gala in memory of the late state President Percy Pinkney and honor the founders of BAPAC. The Honorable Willie Brown, Keynote Speaker

Sunday, October 9


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The future of BAPAC Prayer Breakfast and Conference Debrief


Vendor packages are available, call Ellen Nash at 619.665.3878.

A Special THANK YOU to our Sponsors

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