(R) Atty. Eliehue Brunson, chair of the Kansas Black Republicans and a member of the KBLC steering committee, listens to presentations during the conference. Daphne Maxwell, a commissioner with the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, visited with convention attendees. Lazone Gray and Terry Crowder, both of Topeka, consult during a short break at the convention.(L-R) KBLC President Bonita Gooch, KBLC steering team member and Geary County Commissioner Larry Hicks, and KBLC Treasurer and KS Rep. Gail Finney, gathered for a photo before the convention kicked off.Djuan Wash, a community organizer with Kansas Appleseed.