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2019 Community Policy Summit

11/23/2019 10:00:00 AM

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Join members of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, our partners and advocates for the 2019 Community Policy Summit. The Summit will be a powerful day of workshops and discussion on issues that range from disparities in child protection, public safety, the response to the opioid epidemic and issues facing Fathers of African Heritage. Over lunch, attendees will engage in a discussion on Reparations presented by the Black Civic Network. All the above issues are led by members of the African Heritage community, will benefit all Minnesotans and will have a meaningful impact in the African Heritage community. 

In addition, Council Members Sen. Hayden and Rep. Noor will present on opportunities related to the legalization of Recreational Cannabis and the potential 2020 Bonding Bill (the Bonding Bill will fund massive brick and mortar projects across the State). These issues will be the focus of rigorous debate at the Capitol in 2020 and both create an opportunity to elevate the voices of Minnesota’s African Heritage community.

To be successful, the Council is inviting constituents to learn more about community derived solutions and engage in the legislative process. Together, we can shift the conversation from talking about disparities to addressing them. See details below and share with your networks.

The event will take place on the 3rd floor of Hamline University's Klas Center. Admission is free, parking is available in Lot B on Hamline's campus and public transit has a bus stop near the campus.


Who should attend: Members of the African Heritage community who are interested in learning about important issues and supporting community led solutions in the upcoming legislative session.

What will happen: Welcome and opening session on the legalization of recreational cannabis followed by workshops on the African American Child Preservation Act, Opiods, Fatherhood and Public Safety. Following the workshops, lunch will be provided and the Black Civic Network will lead a discussion on Reparations. The day will conclude with a presentation on the Bonding Bill focusing on potential cultural corridors and opportunities to engage during Session.

When: Saturday, November 23rd 10am- 2pm

Where: The event will take place on the 3rd floor of Hamline University's Klas Center

Additional Details

Directions to Hamline University’s Klas Center: The Klas Center is located at 1537 West Taylor Ave, St. Paul MN 55104 and is the tall glass building in front of the University’s football field. The easiest way to get to Hamline’s St. Paul campus is via I-94, as the campus’ cross street is North Snelling Ave. While the Klas Center is located off West Taylor Ave, parking lot B is more easily accessed via Hewitt Ave.

Parking: Parking is available in Lot B, which is located off Hewitt Ave on Hamline’s Campus. The University has suspended parking for students in that lot for the event and made it available to us. See above campus map for a visual.

Childcare: Families are welcome to attend, there will not be childcare provided.

Accessibility: The Klas Center is accessible for handicapable community members. There is a ramp to gain access to the building, an elevator and all of the bathrooms in the building have a handicapable stall.

Food: Food for the day will be provided from two African Heritage owned businesses. Breakfast refreshments and coffee will be provided from Duck Donuts. In the afternoon, lunch will be provided from Smoke in The Pit.

Who can you contact with questions: If there are additional questions, the Council’s Office Manager can be contacted via email at or by phone Mon – Fri from 9 am – 5 pm at 651-757-1752

Is there a flyer: Yes! There is also a Facebook Event  which you can view by clicking HERE and an Eventbrite page which you can view by clicking HERE. Please share with your network.

Mission of the Council

The Minnesota Legislature empowered the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage 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. Generally, the Council is charged with the responsibility of:

·       Advising the Governor and the Legislature on issues confronting People of African Heritage;

·       Advising the Governor and the Legislature on statutes, rules and revisions to programs to ensure that Black people have access to benefits and services provided to people in Minnesota;

·       Serving as a liaison to the federal government, local government units and private organizations on matters relating to People of African Heritage in Minnesota;

·       Implementing programs designed to solve problems of People of African Heritage when authorized by statute, rule or order; and

·       Publicizing the accomplishments of People of African Heritage and their contributions to the state.

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