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Misson of the AfriKan Black Coalition
"The Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC) is an alliance of students of the Afrikan Diaspora of the nine Universities of California undergraduate campuses. The purpose of this coalition is to harness student power and create a functioning body in order to better represent the collective voice of the black students in California. Due to the rapid decline of students of Afrikan descent enrolling in and matriculating through the UC system, our coalition hopes to increase these numbers on the UC campuses and provide a stable support network for our members. Through outreach, conferences and collective actions, we jointly stand against the inequalities that students of color face on their individual campuses. We aim to empower students and reduce feelings of stress, anxiety lack of motivation and insecurity by creating conference workshops where students can grow academically, culturally, personally, and socially. Through this conference, we hope that students will gain a sense of community support and continue to build bridges between organizations that will last far beyond the conference's end."
The African Black Conference is an event in which African Americans from all the UC campuses and a few cal states come together to discuss issues that effect black students as the minority on campus and what we can do to improve these issues. ABC is held and hosted by the UC campus that presents the most effective proposal. The proposal's are voted on at the end of each conference by the campus's who attend. The 2010 ABC Conference was held at the Univeristy of California, Riverside. Each UC Campus presented some requests to the president of the University of California, Mark Yudof.
Afrikan Black Coalition 2011
The 8th Annual ABC was held at the University of California, Los Angelos on the Weekend of February11th-13th. The theme chosen by the ABC planning committee was "Back to the Basics: Organizing and Reviving our Coalition for the Betterment of out People". This was the first year formal elections were held at the conference for the ABC state board, and the new Southern Regional, and Northern Regional Board. The whole first day of the conference was dedicated to the election process as candidates gave two minute speeches, and where asked questions by all present students. Keynote speakers for the Conference where Erika Huggins, a human rights activist, poet, teacher, and former black panther, and Dr. Darnell Hunt, director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and professor of Sociology at UCLA. Two workshop slots where held, one entitled "educate", with workshops on topics from retention and health to international Anti- Black Racism. The second workshop session was entitled "implement" with workshops on put things into practice such as checking your privileged, and seeking goals and action for seeking relief from anti-black racism, poverty, segregation and oppression. For entertainment there was a cultural show in which West African and East African Student Unions performed from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Irvine, and Davis, performed, as well as hip hop, and vocal groups from other UC's. Guest performers included poet Shihan, and Kendrick Lamar.