Above all else, our universal goal is to build a just and healthy society that works equally well for everyone.

As a democratic, people-powered movement, all work of the AALF is done through convenings, work groups, and action teams.

Who we are:

We are a movement of more than 1,200 African American leaders in the Twin Cities.

  • We have united to address challenges, create solutions, and build a vibrant and sustainable community.
  • We are leaders in every field: business, nonprofits, government, education, health, religion, politics, philanthropy, the arts, and grassroots organizing.
  • We are united in our belief that we can do more together than apart.
  • We understand, value, and leverage “the power of the collective” to move our community forward.

About Us

Our network creates the space for African Americans to create a shared agenda for solving our community’s critical issues. AALF members come from all walks of life to contribute their insight each month by participating in any way that suits their interests. From volunteering in support of our growing movement, to joining workgroups that focus on economic development, education, health, or family and cultural wellness; there is space for everyone.

  • Community Focus – We work to solve community problems in a unified way, drawing many people together to speak a common language and align their efforts.

  • Leadership – The Dr. Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy is a leadership training program designed to meet the personal, cultural, civic and professional development needs of African American leaders in the community.

  • Convener and collaborators – We bring thinkers, innovators, and doers around one table to create solutions together.


The mission of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is to build a just and healthy society that works equally well for everyone.

We are better together than apart – working to build strong leaders and organizations

We leverage data to create organizational objectives and outputs that matter

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We bring together innovators, thinkers, and doers to develop solutions to support family resiliency in the black community.

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