The first day of the second annual Preserving California Black Heritage conference Oct. 1-2 includes a panel called Family Jewels featuring authors Regina Mason, The Life of William Grimes; and Sharon McGriff Payne, The John Grider Century: African-Americans in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties; and filmmaker Kevin Epps, The Black Rock: Dark Side of Alcatraz. Through the early afternoon sessions, following the presentation of the play Queen Calafia: Ruler of California, educators will learn how to infuse California’s African-American experience into classroom environments in order to close the achievement gap. The closing speaker, John William Templeton, discusses his statewide study, Black Heritage as Gap Closer: Educator Capacity to Provide Culturally Responsive Social Studies Teaching in California. A special conference rate for educators is $50 which includes the conference and performance. Visit http://www.californiablackhistory.com for more details.