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The African American Leadership Forum (AALF) mourns the passing of one of its original founders and members, Dr. Joseph White.  Dr. Joe, as he was affectionately known, passed away November 21, 2017, at the age of 84. Known as the Father of Black Psychology, Dr. Joe received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State […]


Over 18 months ago, AALF’s executive director met with Sarah Caruso, the CEO of the Greater Twin Cities United Way (United Way), to discuss the “poor” reputation that the United Way had among many leaders in the African American community, who do not consider the United Way to be a friend of the community, and […]

One of our legislative victories from...

One of our legislative victories from last session is in jeopardy – can you take a few minutes to take a photo today and help send a message to key legislators to take these critical investments off the chopping block? Background: Last year, under the tireless leadership of Senators Champion and Hayden, the legislature prioritized […]

AALF Executive Director Jeffrey Hassa...

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 […]