Convention Tickets:  $200

Gala Dinner Only: $100

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Join us for fun, music

and laughter as we salute

legendary and local artists!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Featuring Special Guest Artists:


Nishira Madison - local Soloist

Watch and feel mesmerized as this longtime professional magician wittingly entertains the audience by staged tricks  or illusions of seemingly impossible feats! Forrest the Magician will provide a profound effect making this a memorable, entertaining and unforgettable event!

  • Workshop #4 - 9:00am - 10:30am - The Plight of our Veterans  --  Discussion: The economic challenges facing our Veterans and the continual need of Health, Housing, and Career Services.

  • Workshop #5 - 10:45am - 12:00pm – Cannabis: The New California Industry
    Discussion: City, County and State regulations regarding cannabis and empowering African Americans to become entrepreneurs in this industry.

  • STATE BAPAC UNITY LUNCHEON - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
    ~~Guest Speakers and Dignitaries
    ~~California Legislative Black Caucus -

           (50th Year Anniversary) - Video Presentation
       ~~BAPAC Sacramento Women’s Leadership Initiative –

           Video Presentation

  • Workshop #6 - 1:45pm – 2:45pm - California Transportation: "The Fast & The Furious"
    Discussion: The monetary and economic benefits of the innovative transportation system and infrastructure, the impact of Senate Bill One legislation and how gainful employment in this industry will impact our communities.

  • Workshop #7 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm - Climate Change and  its effect on the Black Community
    Discussion: California’s new legislation regarding the cap-and-trade carbon market, climate change, the cap on greenhouse gas emissions, and the incentive across the economy to reduce pollution and invest in cleaner forms   of energy.

  • Program Break - Networking / Vendor Appreciation - 4:30pm – 6:30pm

  • State BAPAC Hall of Fame Dinner  - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    ~~Welcome and acknowledgement of Dignitaries
    ~~Roundtable Discussion -

           Social Justice & Civil Rights Organizations United -                   Representatives from various ethnic civil rights,

           civic,  and social justice organizations strategize 

           regarding producing an action plan for greater roles

           in our communities to achieve advancement of

           social justice and enhanced capacities for economic 

   ~~Guest Speaker: Dr. David Covin

           (Author, Community Activist, Professor Emeritus,                   CSUS Sacramento)
       ~~BAPAC Leadership Awards - Honoring influential

           individuals who have made a great impact to BAPAC

           and within their communities. Special Tribute honoring

           The Honorable Jerry Brown, California Governor
       ~~Dinner entertainment provided by renowned 

           saxophonist: Shawn Raiford

  • Question & Answer session included in each workshop.            Program subject to change.

  • Workshop #1 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm - The Democratic Process: California Democratic Party and California Republican Party  --  Discussion: The mission, roles,  activities and impact of the two most powerful political parties in California.  (In honor of Mr. Medgar Evers of the Mississippi NAACP.)


  • Presentation – 2:00pm – 2:30pm - James Schwab, Chief of Legislative Affairs, Secretary of State  --     SB 540 and the New Voter Registration Process in California.


  • Workshop #2 - 2:45pm - 3:45pm - Black Minds Matter: Our Next Generation  --  Discussion: The plight of the African American student academically  and the role of Ethnic Studies Legislation. Discussion also includes supporting the educational successes   and addressing disparities of Black children in California-from pre-school through college where by lowering suspension and dropout rates among African American students.

  • Workshop #3 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm - Black Child Legacy Campaign  --  Discussion: The Black Child Legacy Campaign is the community-driven movement established by the Steering Committee on Reduction   of African American Child Deaths (RAACD), which is working to reduce deaths of African American children. Strategies, techniques and best practices will be discussed to prevent and reduce the alarming rate       of deaths among African-American children.


  • Program Break - Networking / Vendor Appreciation - 5:00pm – 7:00pm 

  • State BAPAC Welcome Reception – 7:00pm – 8:30pm  --  Keynote Speaker: The Honorable

       John Chiang – Treasurer, State of California
      This year, BAPAC is featuring an exclusive Welcome 

      Reception to acknowledge honorees, sponsors,

      special guests, conference attendees, BAPAC

      members, elected officials, featured artists, and more.

     ~~Welcome and acknowledgement of Dignitaries

  • 8:30pm – 10:30pm - A Salute to the Apollo

       (Fun, Laughter & Entertainment) – Dinner

       entertainment provided by the phenomenal 3n1 Band.        Also performing is soloist Nishira Madison and 2017

      winner of the California State Fair's  "Who's Got Gospel

     Talent?" show: Diamond Johnson!

  • Question & Answer session included in each workshop.   Program subject to change.

Guest Panelists & Facilitators

  • Dr. Ramona Bishop (Chair, California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators/former Superintendent, Vallejo USD)

  • Darryl White (President, Black Parallel School Board/CEO at Sacramento Independent Learning Center)

  • Brian Rivas (Director of Policy and Government Relations, EDTrust West)

  • Aubrey Stone (President/CEO, California Black Chamber of Commerce)

  • Pastor Alice Banks (Pastor, Christian Fellowship Ministry Church/Sacramento Black Nurses Association/BAPAC Sacramento Health Committee Chair)

  • Pamela Harris (Division Manager, Sacramento Department of Health and Human Services)

  • Rev. Les Simmons (Pastor, South Sacramento Christian Center/Community Advocate)

  • The Honorable Roger Dickinson (Executive Director, Transportation California/former California Assemblymember)

  • Anna Silva (Manager Training & Outreach, California Transportation, Office of Business and Economic Opportunity; State of California)

  • Lisa Marie Alley (California High-Speed Rail, Chief of Communications; State of California)

  • Lori Ajax (Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control; State of California)

  • Sonya Longman (Deputy Secretary of Business and Consumer Relations; Business, Consumer Services & Housing Agency; State of California)

  • Roamie Horn (Cannabis Panelist)

  • Kimberly Ellis (Democratic Panelist)

Workshop Topics:

  • Quentin Foster (Director, California Climate & Energy at Environmental Defense Fund)

  • The Honorable Acquanetta Warren (Mayor, City of Fontana)

  • Julius McIntyre (‎Political Consultant, California Legislative Black Caucus)

  • Edwin Lombard (CEO/Consultant, Edwin Lombard Management, LLC)

  • Dr. Henry A. Hendrix (California State Commander, Natl. Assoc. for Black Veterans (NABVETS)/President, Minority Veterans Coalition of California Southern Region)

  • Bobby MacDonald (President, Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce/CA Commander, Buffalo Soldiers/Member,  Los Angeles/Orange County Veterans Commission)

  • Anthony Williams (Commander, Greater Los Angeles Chapter NABVETS/Commissioner, Los Angeles Veterans Commission/Faculty Member, La Verne University – Business Department)

  • Ronald Horn (President/CEO Telesis I Development Corporation/Economic Advisor NABVETS Business Network)

  • Tim Cromartie (Legislative Representative at League of California Cities)

  • Malachi L. Smith, MA (State of California Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Community and Veterans Outreach Advisor)

       ...and many others!

You are invited to attend the



39th Annual Convention

Friday & Saturday

October 20-21, 2017


Making an Impact...




This two-day event is designed to engage BAPAC members, our governmental community, business partners and various stakeholders to become educated to discuss the political processes, roles and actions of the Legislature and local government. We also seek to gain economic power and wealth to leave a financial legacy for future generations. 


This annual event includes BAPAC California delegates, members and friends of BAPAC who will convene to address political and policy issues that affect underserved communities. We are expecting national and state dignitaries and other notable invitees.  For two days, attendees across California and BAPAC delegates will convene to network, participate in empowered workshop, and strategize in building a new vision for BAPAC— a nonpartisan vision that strategically advocates for the educational, economic, and cultural equity of our underserved California communities.

"BAPAC…Making an Impact...2018"

This year's theme, "BAPAC…Making an Impact...2018" refers to the historical Black American Political Association of California—and the importance of this much needed organization within California.  BAPAC has worked with past and present political leaders who have overcome insurmountable obstacles, have broken the glass ceiling, have achieved many successes and have paved the way for others. This year’s theme also addresses the varied candidates for elected office in 2018:  gubernatorial, lieutenant governor, congressional, senate, assembly, county and more—candidates who are committed to the betterment of California and who will participate in the BAPAC convention.


BAPAC continues with its community development, economic and youth empowerment, religious affairs, and its vision of excellence and successful outcomes for our members, our stakeholders and our youth. With your support we can continue to positively impact the state of California and abroad. You may develop relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders based on common goals and activities.


BAPAC acknowledges those who have paved the way for monumental changes in African-American history (e.g., voting rights) and acknowledges those who are continuing to make a difference and who will greatly impact our future. During a time of protest and movement within African-American communities, dialogue and solutions are needed now more than ever. This convention will connect generations of leaders and provide useful resources 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 must attend.  So join us in celebrating this exciting event in our city!






Honorary Chairs

  • 1-2pm - Democratic Process; CA Republican Party and CA Democratic Party

  • 2pm – 2:30pm -  Secretary of State – New Voter Registration Process.

  • 2:45pm - 3:45pm - Black Minds Matter: Our Next Generation

  • 4pm - 5pm - Black Child Legacy Campaign (Reduction of African American Child Deaths (RAACD)

  • 5pm – 7pm - Program Break - Networking / Vendor Appreciation

  • 7pm – 8:30pm State BAPAC Welcome Reception – (The Honorable John Chiang, CA State Treasurer)

  • 8:30pm – 10:00pm - "A Salute to the Apollo" (Entertainment and Special Guests)

Friday - October 20, 2017

Saturday - October 21, 2017

  • 9am - 10:30am - The Plight of our Veterans

  • 10:45am - 12n Cannabis: The New California Industry  

  • 12n - 1:30pm - STATE BAPAC UNITY LUNCHEON 

  • 1:45pm – 2:45pm - California Transportation: "The Fast & The Furious"

  • 3pm - 4:30pm - Climate Change and its effect on the Black Community

  • 10:45am - 12n – Cannabis: The New California Industry

  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm - State BAPAC Hall of Fame Dinner 

  • "United" - Social Justice and Civil Rights Organizations (invited: CA Black Chamber of Commerce, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Russian Broadcast, Latino Media Association, Jewish Foundation, Greater Sacramento NAACP, Natl' Council of Negro Women)

  • Hall of Fame Awardees - Leaders who have excelled in Education, Business, Community, Legislation and Politics, State and Local Government and Veteran Affairs

BAPAC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

For more information call 

(916) 370-7729 or email

Sponsor and vendor opportunities available.

Sacramento...the Capitol City

Great weather and unique attractions in the State’s Capitol make Sacramento, California the best destination for a convention. For more information about Sacramento and tourist attractions, go to

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  • Convention Workshops

  • Roundtable Discussion

  • VIP Welcome Reception

  • A Salute to the Apollo

  • Unity Luncheon

  • Hall of Fame Gala/Dinner

  • Convention Bag

  • No-Host Open Bar

  • Vendors Stations

  • Networking with Key Leaders and Elected Officials

  • Information and insight on curent political events and much more!

Purchase Tickets

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(On sale now!)

To reserve your hotel please go to put in check in and check out date and use the Group Code AAP or call

1-800-HOLIDAY or (800) 465-4329 and request the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) group rate - 

refer to GROUP CODE: AAP.  


Guest room reservations must be made prior to Monday,

September 25, 2017 to get the group rate

of $139 a night plus 15% occupancy. 

Parking is $16 in the adjacent city garage validated by the hotel or $24 for valet validated by the hotel.

The Honorable

John Chiang


State of California

Gubernatorial Candidate

The Honorable Kevin De León

Senate President pro Tempore

The Honorable Steven Bradford

Senator, California State Senate

The Honorable Christopher Holden


California State Assembly

Chair, California Black Caucus

The Honorable

Anthony Rendon

Assembly Speaker,

California State Assembly

The Honorable Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State

The Honorable Shirley Weber


California State Assembly

The Honorable Phil Serna

Sacramento County

Board of Supervisor

The Honorable Fiona Ma

Board Member,

Board of Equalization

Ms. Amy Tong

Director, State of California

Department of Technology

The Honorable Anna Caballero


California State Assembly

The Honorable Tony Thurmund


California State Assembly

The Honorable Darrell Steinberg

Mayor, City of Sacramento

The Honorable Allen Warren


City of  Sacramento

Mr. Larry Lee


The Sacramento Observer


​About BAPAC. The mission  of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) is to educate, engage and empower California communities of color in an effort to restore and promote social and economic equity. Started in1976 by Dr. Percy Pinkney and several key leaders, BAPAC has since grown. Note: Although political is in our name we are not a political organization. We do not endorse political candidates, nor do we contribute money to candidates or PACs. We are a bipartisan, 501c3 organization.

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The 3n1 Band

Forrest the Magician

This jazz, hip hop, contemporary "off the hook" band features professional musicians who have played for numerous celebrities, recording artists, singers and groups including Kenny Lattimore,  Earth, Wind and Fire, Lalah Hathaway and many others! The Best in Sacramento", the 3n1 band are: Joe Archie, Walt Williams and Michael "Big Mike" Hart, Jr. 

Special Guest

Honorary Chair

The Honorable

Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

Delain Eastin

Gubernatorial Candidate

Klement Tinaj

Gubernatorial Candidate

Michael Bracamontes

Gubernatorial Candidate

Mr. David Covin

Author, Community Activist, 

Professor Emeritus,

CSUS Sacramento

Mr. Aubrey Stone


California Black Chamber

of Commerce