We are a data-driven, people-empowered movement of over 1,500 African Americans who self-identify as Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders, and Ambassadors.

Collaboratively, these leaders volunteer their time, talents and treasure to help the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) build a just, healthy society that works better for all of us. Today, we’re looking to the future! AALF is developing innovative programs that connect African American businesses, people, and industries by creating spaces that empower the Black community to share ideas, celebrate and work together to bring about change.

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Convenings (Event & Forums). Our free monthly CONNECT events encourage everyone in the community to play a role in taking steps to improve the lives of African Americans and connect with each other. Other AALF events, such as our Annual Gala Celebration and BARAZA, bring the community together to learn more about the strides we’ve made and the work we still have left to do.

Collective Impact Work: AALF’s Collective Impact work consists of a Task Force and Work Streams. The Task Force (open to the public through an application and interview process) includes 8-12 thought leaders and social innovators who collaborate to set the goals of the Work Streams and set a Black Vision around Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture in the African American community.

The Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy has been a staple program in the African American Leadership Forum since its inception in 2015. For years, emerging leaders have sharpened their personal and professional leadership skills through a leadership curriculum that included being mentored by well-established professionals and volunteering with Black organizations in leadership roles. Fellows are chosen based on nominations.

The Network: AALF’s Network includes over 1,500 African Americans across the Twin Cities who identify as Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders and Ambassadors, with a passion for bringing positive change to the African American community. Want to join the Network? Complete your profile on our Network Map and you’ll be connected to dynamic leaders in the Black community working to improve the lives of African Americans in Minnesota and beyond.

AALF brings together innovators, thinkers, and doers to develop solutions that support resilience in the Black community.

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