The Afrikan Black Coalition Conference is an annual conference hosted at one of our partner schools during or near Black History Month. The ABC Conference now serves over 800 Black students across the State of California. Since its inaugural year in 2003, the forum has continued to be used to address social and political issues facing the community through peer and professional workshops, keynote speakers, and social activities. After being held at every UC campus and following the induction of CSU partners, California State University – Long Beach was the first CSU campus to host the conference, which was held in January 2017 during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend.
This conference seeks to unify Black students across the state in order to discuss and resolve issues concerning academic policy, campus climate, matriculation from the University, and political education. By bringing together Black Student Unions and Afrikan Student Unions statewide, ABC presents the opportunity for unity in spite of geographical boundaries. Additionally, each conference incorporates a focus on collective imagining for the organization, building student organizational skills, developing pathways for life after college, and connecting students to the larger Black struggle.
As one of the only statewide conferences for Black students, the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference is a vital tool in promoting networking amongst peers, owning our narrative of positivity and resilience, inspiring innovation in a system that honors hard facts and calculation, and providing an environment where the Black cultural experience is valued. Without doubt, the ABC Conference is one of the most rewarding experiences Black students have during their collegiate years.