African American Leadership Forum

AALF Bids Farewell to Dr. Lamar Hylto...

AALF Bids Farewell to Dr. Lamar Hylton

Members of the AALF Board of Directors – I write to share with you that I have accepted an offer to become the Dean of Students at Kent State University in Kent, OH. My last day at the University of Minnesota will be Friday, May 19 with an anticipated start date at Kent of June […]

Help Community Member Jay Betts

Help Community Member Jay Betts

My name is Jay Betts, and I’m a sophomore at Hamline University majoring in Pre-Med Biology. My current GPA is a 3.4, and I plan to attend medical school after graduation.I’m also a part of the Hamline University Men’s Basketball team. I am a first generation college student, and completing my degree is of a […]

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Minnesota Office of Higher Education Announces 2017 Summer Academic Enrichment Program Stipends

The Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) is pleased to announce the Summer Academic Enrichment Program for 2017, which provides stipends for students completing grades 3 to 11 to attend approved summer academic enrichment programs offered by postsecondary educational institutions and nonprofits located in Minnesota.  The amount of each student’s stipend will be based on […]

Nellie Stone Johnson Capitol Bust

Nellie Stone Johnson Capitol Bust

About 10 days ago, AALF was contacted by former Minnesota State Representative Joe Mullery.  Mullery informed us that $102K had been raised to put a bust of Nellie Stone Johnson in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda, but was $8K short of the $110K needed to secure the placement in the rotunda.   Nellie Stone Johnson’s bust […]

“Truth, Racial Healing and Transforma...

“Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Movement – A Conversation About Race” – a huge success!!

On Saturday, February 18, 2017, more than 150 people of various ethnicities and backgrounds engaged in a serious conversation about race.  Representatives from the Native American, Latino, Hmong, Somali, West and East African, European and African American communities came together, to answer the question of “How can we dismantle the narrative of there  being a […]



AALF EXPRESSES OUTRAGE AT TRUMP MUSLIM TRAVEL BAN The African Leadership Forum expresses its outrage concerning the Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump that imposes a travel ban on nationals coming from seven countries, the majority of which are African, and all of which are countries with Muslim majorities.  The Trump Administrations denial that the ban is […]

Ten Demands for Positive Change in th...

Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis Urban League and African American Leadership Forum (AALF) have released a list of immediate and critical demands to improve law enforcement practices in the wake of the Philando Castile homicide. Three immediate demands are: Appoint Special Prosecutor: The Ramsey County Attorney must appoint a Special Prosecutor from the African American […]

AALF Denounces Yet Another Police Mur...

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, yet another African American man, Philando Castile, age 32, was shot by a St. Anthony, Minnesota police officer, after having been stopped for a broken headlight.   Castile, who was carrying a licensed gun, was shot inside of his car, in the presence of his companion and their 4 year old […]

“Is Minnesota House Republican Leader...

“Is Minnesota House Republican Leadership Racist” Now that we have your attention, this question must be asked, because African Americans in Minnesota experience the worst economic inequalities in the entire country, yet House Republican Leadership refuse to allocate any portion of the $900 million state budget surplus to address the needs of African Americans, and […]

Mandatory Sick Leave Listening Sessio...

Mandatory Sick Leave Listening Session

On Behalf of Aiyanna Kennerlly  Dear Community: The City of Minneapolis will be holding an African American listening session on Mandatory Sick Leave. If you or anyone you know has employment in the industries below, your opinion is needed to determine whether or not employers must provide sick leave for their employees.   Impacted Industries: Non-profit, food […]