2022 Annual Conference, Minnesota

October 6 thur 10, 2022

A New Reckoning

Registration is now open!

The Minnesota conference will be held October 6th thru 10th, 2022. Autumn is the BEST time of year to be in Minnesota. In early October, we can expect cool (maybe even warm), sunny days and crisp evenings. It’s the ideal time for a BAP conference and we can’t wait to welcome everyone here in October.

The conference theme is “A New Reckoning”. Horrific incidents of police misconduct against Black citizens in Minnesota have caused an international outcry and a focus on issues concerning racial and social justice everywhere. The Minnesota conference will provide a forum for discussing these issues, their impact on society, and efforts to reform broken institutions and systems.

Click here to view the draft conference schedule.

While giving space, time and attention to the emotional weight of these issues, the conference will also strive to live up to BAP standards of fellowship and fun. We want to showcase what we love about Minnesota: our diversity, culture and strength.

Here’s a high level outline of our conference:

  • Thursday, October 6th: Welcome reception at the Minnesota History Center with welcoming remarks from state and local dignitaries, readings from local artists, and Native American communities exhibit; followed by  dinner at Intercontinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel.
  • Friday, October 7th: General and breakout sessions at hotel around theme; afternoon site visit to George Floyd Square where we will meet and visit with community members, clergy members and local artists; followed by evening salon dinners and BAP band speakeasy party.
  • Saturday, October 8th: General and breakout sessions, arts  and innovation breakouts and afternoon site visits; followed by our “purple tie” gala at the historic Granada Theater.
  • Sunday, October 9th: Oxford debate at the Minnesota Capitol; followed by travel to Scenic Escape Barn in Henderson, Minnesota for afternoon and farewell evening to include dinner, delegate revue and barn dance.
  • Monday, October 10th: State and Local Officials Meeting (Optional) – Contact Lolita Jackson ’04 for details; Conference concludes.

All weekend, we will have a late night party suite on the ground floor level of the hotel, complete with piano, late night bar and lounge space.

We have done our best to keep conference as affordable as possible with a variety of registration options and a low-cost hotel room rate on a large block of rooms with views of the Mississippi River. We hope to have record attendance!

Keep an eye on this page and your inbox for information and details on site visits and pre- and post-conference events and activities.

We look forward to seeing you in MN!