African American Leadership Forums
“People are highly energized when they leave meetings of the African American Leadership Forum. They leave feeling heard and affirmed and with specific actions in mind about what they could do differently to influence policy and economic change,” said Yvonne Cheek, lead consultant to the African American Leadership Forum (AALF).
Prominent leaders in government, business, education and the arts have rallied to create a common agenda to address the disparities within the African American community. Spawning discussion on improvements to education, employment, health care, family life and culture, these meetings have brought together young and old, former acquaintances and new friends. Together they are building policy-based strategies to unlock the doors to access and opportunity for all African Americans.
“People who’ve had past disagreements are moving beyond them and are working together,” added Cheek. Tapping their ingenuity and collective thinking, these groups are working toward community-based solutions that promote social and economic well-being among African Americans. The Foundation is honored to sponsor these AALF gatherings in Minneapolis, Minn.; Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; and Des Moines, Iowa.