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The Council's History

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. In 2015, the Council was renamed The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH).

The Council’s work over the past 40 years has yielded impressive achievements and mobilized innovative community leaders committed to advancing Minnesotans’ quality of life. As you explore our web site you will learn about those achievements and the people behind the work. 

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