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The AALF Annual Dinner was a huge success!

This year’s theme CREATING ASSETS AND WEALTH IN OUR COMMUNITY builds on AALF’s consistent history of progress, change and growth through strategic partnerships in the public and private sectors. The belief is based on equity and economic opportunities for all members of society supporting AALF’s growth initiatives in job creation, economic empowerment, reducing poverty and creating affordable housing.

Carla Harris

Keynote Speaker
Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she has served clients for over 25 years. Ms. Harris has received numerous awards and honors, including Fortune magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Black Enterprise’s “Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017),” and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street.” In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair theNationalWomen’sBusinessCouncil.

T. Mychael Rambo

Emmy Award Winner T. Mychael Rambo is a one-man Force of Nature — an accomplished singer-songwriter, playwright, actor and Arts educator. His movie credits include The Naked Man (1998), The Cure (1995) and Domestics (2016), and he has starred on stage locally A and nationally, including the Penumbra and Guthrie Theatres. AALF is ecstatic to have him as emcee of our Annual Fundraising Dinner

The Sounds of Blackness

From jazz and blues to rock & roll, R&B, gospel, spirituals, hip¬hop, reggae and soul, TSOB colors each and every “sound of blackness” with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind — and they work passionately to achieve it.Since January of 1971, the three-time Grammy Award-winning Sounds of Blackness, under the direction of Gary Hines, have performed on five continents for everyone from the homeless, prison inmates, and orphans, to kings, queens, and president, including five White House appearances.

On August 3, 2017, AALF celebrated our Annual Dinner with powerful networking, conversations, community awards, and an inspiring message by our keynote speaker Kevin Warren of the Minnesota Vikings. 

A welcome message for the 2016 Annual AALF Forum given by our board co-chairs and executive director.

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African American Leadership Forum

AALF's focus is to improve the economic health of communities through public and private partnerships that create opportunities for underserved communities where business opportunities have been denied, unemployment is high, affordable housing is scarce and chronic homelessness has reached unacceptable levels – all critical factors in creating healthy, sustainable communities in the Twin Cities.
Through our 5 Point Program to Address Economic Inequality, we are working on achievable outcomes, goals, and deliverables that will:
  • Public and Private Employment Creation
  • African-American Businesses in Minnesota. Ensuring they have equal access to public and private contracts
  • Work with Minnesota Legislatures and Governor on short and long-term strategies to end economic disparities
  • Hold Minnesota-based philanthropies, private, corporate and community foundations accountable in prioritizing these goals and devoting resources to African American led organizations working toward effective solutions to end this dilemma. 
  • AALF-TC calls on public, private and philanthropic enterprises to partner with African American organizations
It is AALF's goal to highlight these areas and to call for concrete efforts and solutions to end this dilemma.

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AALF Programs: 

Menthol Tobacco Smoking Study
The goal of the project is to identify and implement community-driven strategies to reduce menthol cigarette use among US-born African Americans (US-AA) in Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Our aim is to expand the awareness of menthol targeting in affected populations. The increased awareness will create greater community demand for action that supports policy, systems, and environmental changes to address the harms of tobacco in the US-AA community in Hennepin and Ramsey counties.

AALF’s 5 Point Program to Address Economic Inequality

AALF-TC’s purpose in highlighting this issue today is to call for concrete efforts in five specific areas — that don’t require additional research to start, can be implemented within and across sectors, and don’t wait for our problems to fix themselves:

  • Hiring practices
  • Support of small and African American led businesses, broader short and long term strategies to end economic disparities, philanthropic support, and in collaboratively monitoring and reporting our progress. I’ll briefly expand on each of these five areas.

African American Financial Capability Community of Practice
The African American Leadership Forum produces a black paper that focuses on African American financial capabilities in the Twin Cities. This paper provides an analysis and prescription of what needs to be done to improve assets of African Americans. This black paper identifies new tools that have emerged to advance African American economic growth.

Baraza: A Black Woman’s Health Gathering!

We are also committed to raising community awareness of social determinants of health, and attention to their impacts. Social determinants of health include culture, social class, income and wealth, adequacy of housing, educational opportunity, environment, civic engagement/social connectedness, transportation and childhood development.

AALF Health and Wellness priorities are:

  • Promote and advance culturally sensitivity, trauma-informed, mental healthcare
  • Promote preventive healthcare and healthy lifestyles
  • Promote access to healthy food and environment
  • Promote the prevention of menthol tobacco use in the black community.

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