Attend our FREE February Monthly CONNECT event coming soon! You’ll meet new people and explore topics relevant to the Black community. Join us for a panel discussion on the Black Census moderated by AALF program coordinator, Alissa Paris with speaker Nicque Mabrey!

WHEN: Saturday, February 1st, 2020. 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Du Nord Craft Spirits. 2610 E 32nd Street. Minneapolis MN 55406.

Event Agenda:
– Welcome & Mingle
– Our featured “Culture Builder” Nicque Mabrey will ground us in preparation for the program.
–  Panel + Q & A

Panelists include: Kelsey Dawson Walton (Osseo Areas School Board Director), Toni D. Newborn (Chief Equity Officer and Interim HREEO Director for the City of Saint Paul), and Anika Robbins (Civil Rights Commissioner & Executive Director of the ANIKA Foundation).

What’s Happening at the Forum

Ashley Oolman Reflects on her work on AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force: “I’ve been so fortunate to work with a group of professionals that are intensely passionate and focused on the same topic. I’ve found it is easy to intently listen in this space because each person brings such a great perspective.”

Introducing our Join the Network Campaign: Empowering the Black Community in 2020

Brandon Jones (Psychotherapist, Professor, & Author) talks about AALF’s Collective Impact Task Force: “Collective minds make my leadership better”

2019 AALF Year-End Highlights: What the Forum has been focusing on over the past year!

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is comprised of over 1,500 African Americans who self-identify as Thought Leaders, Influencers, Builders, Ambassadors. Collaboratively, these leaders volunteer their time, talents and treasure to support our mission to build a just society that works well for everyone.

Join the Network

Do you identify as a leader, ally, artist, activist or changemaker? Do you have a passion for solving some of the challenges facing the Black community? You’re who we’re looking for! We need people like you to help our community thrive.

Becoming a network contributor is easy and it’s FREE to join! Just fill out the form and choose how you’d like to use your skillset to impact the Black community.


Convenings, Gatherings & Forums that Connect Black Leaders. 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. We’re also reshaping the narrative around African American lives, Black leadership, and the Black experience with our weekly podcast: Black Leadership Re-Defined. The show can be found on our website and airs on KMOJ Sundays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m.

Collective Impact Initiative: A Black-Centered Approach to Empowering Our Community: AALF’s Collective Impact work consists of a Task Force and Work Streams with the goal of tackling the most substantial challenges facing the African American community. The Task Force (open to the public through an application and interview process) includes 8-12 African American thought leaders and social innovators who collaborate to set the S.M.A.R.T. objectives of the Work Streams, including a Black Vision around Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture as it relates to the African American community. The process utilizes principles of human-centered design thinking.

The Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy (JRJLA):  The Leadership Academy is a six-month hands-on path to personal and professional discovery directed by facilitators, mentors, developmental tools, and experiential learning opportunities. Each fellow builds a vocabulary for articulating their purpose and passion in a way that leads to impactful change. The skills developed through the program serve as a launching pad for exercising leadership in Collective Impact projects. The overall goal of the academy is to accelerate the leadership development journey of emerging African American leaders. Fellows are chosen for the Leadership Academy through a closed application process. Candidates must be nominated by an AALF Board Member or JRJLA alum in order to submit an application.

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

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