NAN Western Regional Conference Schedule 2020

Jan 30, 2020

We are only a few days away from the start of our Inaugural Western Regional Conference, February 5-7, 2020. View the schedule of events below.

The Western Regional Conference is a convening of chapter members and thought leaders throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, to address issues impacting marginalized communities. Conference events include a Ribbon Cutting and Rally at the California State Capitol, Ministers Luncheon, Convening of Leaders from California’s Top Majority Black Schools, and a NAN Gala Banquet honoring Education Champions.

In addition, the conference includes plenary sessions focusing on voting rights, Census 2020, closing the African American achievement gap, and creating capital development in urban communities. The conference will climax with a Rock the Vote Concert presented by NAN’s California Youth Huddle featuring Kida the Great from World of Dance along with other young local talents.

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10:00 am – 12:00 pmOpening Ribbon Cutting and Youth Advocacy Rally at California State Capitol – North Steps
1:00 pm – 3:00 pmMinister’s Luncheon
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6:00 pmRevival Night & Installation
Honorary Guest:
Rev. Al Sharpton
Musical Guests:
The Porter Brothers & Genesis
The Sacramento Metropolitan Choir


9:00 am – 10:45 amOpening Plenary Session: Bridging the African American Achievement Gap
A conversation with leaders of the highest performing majority African American public schools in California.
Moderated by Diana Lambert, Senior Writer covering education for EdSource
Shawn Brumfield, Principal, Pasadena Rosebud Academy, Altadena
Richard Da Sylveira, Principal, Cowan Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles
Eugene Fisher, Board President,
Watts Learning Center, Watts
Margaret Fortune, President/CEO,
Fortune School, Sacramento
Ramona Wilder, CEO & Administrative Director, Wilders Preparatory Academy, Inglewood

11:00 am – 12:00 pmGround Breaking for Tecoy Porter College Prep a Fortune School
Fortune School, a network of K-12 public charter schools is a regional initiative in Sacramento and San Bernardino to close the African American achievement gap by preparing kids for college starting in kindergarten. Fortune names its schools after living, local African American community icons. Fortune School is pleased to name its next elementary school after Dr. Tecoy Porter, Pastor of Genesis Church and President of California State NAN.

1:15 pm – 2:00 pmBreakout Session: Census 2020: Make Black Count
Cassandra Jennings (President & CEO, Greater Sacramento Urban League),
Betty Williams (President, Sacramento NAACP),
Regina Brown Wilson (Executive Director, CA Black Media Advocates and CA Complete Count Committee Member)

2:15 pm – 3:30 pmFireside Chat – with Taisha Brown
Chair California Democratic Party African American Caucus
Hosted by Pastor Tecoy Porter, President California State NAN

7:00 pmGala Dinner
Honoring California Education Champions from the Top Majority African American Public Schools in California
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9:00 am – 10:50 amPlenary Session: Screening of Sacramento Bee Documentary “S.A.C.”
Following the film: A conversation with Stevante Clark and Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, moderated by Larry Lee, Publisher of The Sacramento Observer Newspaper

7:00 pmRock the Vote Concert
Featuring: Kidda the Great, Yelly, Kast Dance Academy
Co-Hosts: Dominique Sharpton, Ashley Sharpton
Location: Dr. Robert Porter Center
2801 Meadowview Rd. Sacramento CA, 95832