Harkey Welcomes BAPAC’s 37th Statewide Convention to the BOE 4th District

By Clare Michal

Speakers at the 37th Statewide Hall of Fame Convention.
Started in 1978 by 20 key leaders, BAPAC has since grown to encompass 40,000 active members in 60 chapters statewide.

Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey’s fourth district was host to the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC) 37th annual statewide convention in San Diego on October 16th. Team Harkey is actively connected with our local BAPAC chapter and appreciated the opportunity to be on hand to support BAPAC’s efforts statewide to grow the number of African American owned businesses.

Diane Harkey poses next to Realtor Derrick Luckett.
Diane with Realtor Derrick Luckett, a San Diego BAPAC Board Member and President of the California Chapter of National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB).

Diane was honored for the opportunity to welcome the hundreds of BAPAC attendees, elected officials and community leaders from across California. The theme of this year’s convention was “If you build it, they will come” and BAPAC members gathered to discuss and strategize their mission for 2016 as well as recognize community builders in California and across the nation.

Diane Harkey poses with attendees at convention.
Diane with attendees of the 37th annual BAPAC statewide convention.

Diane shared the stage for this special evening with California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, California Controller Betty Yee, County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego City Councilmember Myrtle Cole, and many other local leaders at their Hall of Fame Gala. The keynote address was delivered by Danny Glover.

Jodi Buckson, Dr. Barney Wilson, Diane Harkey and Russell Lowery.
San Diego Unified School District Principal’s Jodi Buckson of Hancock Elementary School and Dr. Barney Wilson of Harriet Tubman Village Charter School with Member Diane Harkey and her Chief Deputy Russell Lowery.

Diane had the pleasure of congratulating the 2015 BAPAC Hall of Fame inductees which included civil rights leader Kathleen Harmon, former San Diego City Councilmember Leon Williams, U.S. Senator Barbra Boxer, and Rev. George Walker Smith. Congratulations to all the honorees and to BAPAC for 37 years of working to serve communities across California.

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