The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) is committed to being a resource for Minnesota’s Black community throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. In response to the outbreak, AALF has postponed all in-person convenings until further notice, and we’re currently considering ways to support the African American community through virtual experiences.

Collective Impact Virtual Open House (April 16)

AALF will host a virtual convening via ZOOM to introduce you to our Collective Impact work and encourage you to sign up for Black community engagement projects that align with your interests and skill set! Open House Details: Thursday, April 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  To RSVP please complete the interest form.

ZOOM ID: https://zoom.us/j/456523306

Meeting ID: 456 523 306

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Minnesota Black Business COVID-19 Impact Survey

The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) recently partnered with the Minnesota Black Chambers of Commerce, Black Women’s Wealth Alliance, Northside Economic Opportunity Network, Social Impact Strategies Group, Metropolitan Economic Development Association, Just Law, LLC., and the West Broadway Area Coalition to develop the survey to get information about how the COVID-19 public health crisis is impacting Black businesses. 


BECOME A CONTRIBUTOR: If you’re an African American leader, changemaker or innovator with the skillset to support Black businesses, please become a contributor. It’s easy to apply and FREE to join.

Black changemakers wanted for AALF’s Collective Impact Workstreams (Interest Form DUE April 20 at noon)

Are you passionate about Minnesota’s African American community? Join our Collective Impact Workstreams! You can contribute your time and talent to the Forum to solve some of our community’s greatest challenges. To participate please complete the interest form by the deadline.

Selected by the Forum staff and Task Force members, Workstream Committees meet for a 6-month work detail. The objective of the Workstreams is to drive the Collective Impact Plan within Leadership, Resources, Policy and Culture to help the Black community thrive. Contact Program Director LaCora Bradford Kesti with questions  at LaCora@aalftc.org.

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 Workstreams 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 Workstreams, 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 African American Leadership Forum (AALF) brings together innovators, thinkers, and doers to develop solutions that support resilience in the Black community.

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