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Moving Beyond Tolerance to Allophilia
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The Minnesota Legislature created the Council on Black Minnesotans in 1980 to ensure that people of African heritage fully and effectively participate in and equitably benefit from the political, social and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota.

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Learn about the History of the Council

The Council on Black Minnesotans was created in 1980 to ensure that people of African heritage fully and effectively participate in and equitably benefit from the political, social, and economic resources, policies and procedures of the State of Minnesota.

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Moving Beyond Tolerance to Allophilia

Today, the Council hears the growing voices of a New Generation of Minnesotans chanting move FORWARD with new innovation, energy, ideas, and direction to address the socioeconomic and sociopolitical challenges Black Minnesotan’s face.

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Cultural & Historical Programming

The Council on Black Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Center to collaboratively created new programs and events to celebrate and preserve the artistic, historical, and cultural heritages of Minnesota’s Black community.

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Council on Black Minnesotans 2014 Legislative Recommendations

Read Our 2014 Legislative Recommendations

Our recommendations were develop knowing that in Minnesota human stories are singular but our destiny is shared – we rise or fall as one state – as one people, and the power of human unity must prevail.Our recommendations enhance human rights enforcement and lay the foundation to eradicate disparities.

The recommendations are important because they were developed by Black Minnesotans from all across Minnesota. With your help, we can ensure our recommendations are heard and discussed in legislative committees.

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Upcoming Events

  • April Board Meeting

    April 26, 2014

    The Council on Black Minnesotans will hold our April Board Meeting on Saturday, April 26thth from 9-10am in St. Cloud.


  • St. Cloud Community Forum

    April 26, 2014

    The Council on Black Minnesotans will hold our April Board Meeting on Saturday, April 26thth from 12-2pm in St. Cloud.

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  • Job Opportunities in Government
    • March 31, 2014

    We believe the workforce in all levels of government should be representative of the diversity of our great state. Take a look at these open positions and apply or share with others who may be interested.

  • Watch Highlights of Our Day at the Capitol
    • March 27, 2014

    Our historic Day at the Capitol, Building the Foundation for Allophilia @ the Capitol, was a great experience for everyone who was able to attend. Our day was packed with 5 committee hearings on our community's Human Rights, Criminal Justice, Housing, Urban Agriculture and Arts bills in addition to a lively Rally in the Rotunda.

  • Hearing on our Urban Agriculture Bills
    • March 24, 2014

    We asked for your help in getting a hearing for our bills and, because of your impact, we now have a hearing on two bills coming up. Our Urban Agriculture bills will be heard in the House Urban Agriculture Policy Committee this Wednesday, March 26th, at 8:15am.

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Council on Black Minnesotans 2014 Legislative Recommendations

Read Our Policy Brief on the Minimum Wage Debate

The Council on Black Minnesotans is proud to present a policy brief on the impact of the minimum wage increase on Minnesotans of African descent. This policy brief is by no means a comprehensive study but is a useful tool for legislators to use as they consider a minimum wage increase in the 2014 legislative session.

We contend that raising the minimum wage has visible benefits for people of African descent and for many other poor families.

However, we believe that a living wage should be implemented and $9.50, even indexed, is not enough!

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