(above: Dr. Melina Abdullah at the 2016 ABC Conference/Jasmine Curtis)
Afrikan Black Coalition Conference 2017:
“Reviving Our Black Nation”
The Afrikan Black Coalition, a statewide network of Black college and university students and alumni, will hold its 14th annual conference this year at California State University Long Beach from Friday, January 13th through Monday, January 16th, 2017. With participation from every University of California campus and nearly every California State University campus, the 4- day, 3-night ABC Conference is the largest California statewide conference of Black students in higher education.
The conference is the Afrikan Black Coalition’s chance to continue its dedication to conscious-building and organizing, work that in the past year has lead to the following ground-breaking achievements:
Heading Black Student Demand campaigns on five campuses, totaling in nearly $1.5 million in Black Student Support Services.
Forcing the University of California system to divest $25,000,000 from private prisons.
Training over 200 Black student leaders with more than 10 various leadership seminars
Expanding ABC’s membership to seven more campuses in the University of California and California State University systems.
This year’s conference theme “Reviving Our Black Nation” aims to convene, heal, and revive our community of the mental, emotional and spiritual turmoil that the constant witnessing and endurance of oppression, brutality and injustice bring. In addition to stellar keynote speakers there will be a host of workshops, lectures and spaces that will engage and empower attendees, centering topics like healing, revival, intersectionality, Black business and political consciousness. The conference will also feature numerous social activities, a political panel discussion, and a Unity Carnival.
The 2017 ABC Conference will be a truly unique and inclusive space; a premiere occasion for Black students of all identities and experiences in the struggle for the liberation of all Afrikan peoples.
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For more information on registration or for other questions, please contact conference chair Star Bacon at AfrikanBlackCoalition@gmail.com.
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