A call to convene the community to collectively create a community-led action plan to address the most critical issues impacting the Twin Cities’ African American community
Minneapolis, MN (February 17, 2021) – The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) 2021 Virtual Leadership Conference, Leadership By Any Means Necessary — Exploring Collectivism, Innovation, and Activation presented by U.S. Bank, Target and 3M, will take place February 25 – 27, 2021. Community leaders, changemakers and innovators who represent the current era of leadership in the Black community will engage participants in intergenerational dialogue that will refine the AALF focus on what it means to collectively innovate and activate, in ways that provide purposeful and sustainable impact in our community. It is a call to activists, organizers and community leaders to step into their power by activating collective brilliance that will serve to set our agenda for the year. An agenda that will be built on the knowledge shared about advancing equity and justice will be used to create a community action plan focused on reaching our full potential in 2021 and beyond.
Day 1 Opening Plenary Speakers:
Dr. Sylvia Barley (Medtronic Foundation Sen. Global Director/AALF Board Member), Ernest Comer III (AALF – Associate Director), LaCora Bradford Kesti (Former AALF Program Director) and Marcus Owens (AALF – Executive Director)
Day 2 Plenary / Workshop Speakers:
Dr. Nerita Hughes (Dean, North Hennepin CC / AALF Board Co-Chair, Dr. Yohura Williams (Founding Director, University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative), George Fort (Independent Filmmaker), Adair Mosley (CEO, Pillsbury United Communities), Angela Rose Myers (President, NAACP), Stella Whitney-West (CEO, Northpoint Health & Wellness Center / AALF Board Member), Dr. Renee Crichlow MD, FAAFP (Chief Medical Officer Codman Square & Vice-Chair of Health Equity Boston University Dept. of Family Medicine)
Day 3 Plenary / Workshop Speakers:
Houston White (Owner / N. White Men’s Room / Camden Town Founder), Tawanna Black (CEO, Center for Economic Inclusion), Elizer Darris (ACLU Field Organizer), Justin Terrell (Director, MN Justice Research Center)
Ujamaa Place, CEO Otis Zander will host the Racial Equity & Social Justice Summit and the 3-day will close with a fireside chat with nationally acclaimed motivational speaker Eric Thomas (ET Inspires), with his son Jaylin in a plenary session on “family and culture” moderated by Larry Tucker (Founder Kente Circle) and his son LJ.
Each day will end with outstanding entertainment featuring:
DJ Digie, who will keep the networking lively on Day 1; a jazz set by Walter Chancellor Jr. featuring Thomasina Petrus on Day 2, and a special appearance by Ujamaa Music Group (featuring Bayo) on Day 3 with a headline performance from the band M-P-L-S.
This historic event will take place virtually. Tickets are $25 for the 3-day conference and can be purchased at: bit.ly/LeadershipBAMReg. Learn more about the African American Leadership Forum at: www.aalftc.org. Follow AALF on Facebook at: AALFMN. Conference hashtags are: #LeadershipBAM202 #LeadBAM #AALFBAM2021