Exciting AALF Events that Empower African Americans

We Good? Virtual Town Hall

We Good? COVID-19 & Black MN Virtual Town Hall (Every other Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) The event takes place via Zoom and is livestreamed through AALF’s official Facebook page). The African American Leadership Forum (AALF), Insight News, NorthPoint Health & Wellness, Minnesota Community Care, The Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, and Children’s Minnesota have partnered to create this bi-weekly town hall that considers the health, economic, educational and family & culture impacts of COVID-19 on Minnesota’s African American community and includes a panel of African American leaders, healthcare providers, educators, and others to keep you and your family healthy and informed throughout the public health crisis. The town hall offers relevant and timely information from African American professionals in the Black community to the Black community, with diverse perspectives, personal stories, and important resources to support our community’s resilience. Watch previous segments. 

AALF Healing Circle

AALF Black Community Virtual Healing Space (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. via Zoom). We will be holding weekly virtual healing spaces led by African American healing practitioners, that provide our community with the opportunity to take time away from the news cycle and media images to center ourselves and our emotions in ways that support our mental well-being. ZOOM Link (above): https://bit.ly/37vQbCjPassword: AALF

AALF Friday Fitness

Friday Fitness: Healing Black Bodies Through Movement (Fridays starting June 19th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. via Zoom). As part of our Black Community Healing Initiative: A Holistic Approach to Wellness, Restoration, & Rejuvenation we’re excited to announce Friday Fitness: Healing Black Bodies Through Movement. The purpose of this weekly virtual event, led by Black professional trainers and fitness experts, is to support the health & wellness of the African American community by helping you stay fit through healing movement exercises. Zoom Link (above): https://bit.ly/2XVguPa. Password: AALF

Joi Lewis

The Finding Calm in Chaos: Virtual Healing Circle led by Dr. Joi Lewis is a resource for “social justice organizations, advocates, activists, community healers, and conscious creatives grounded in mind-body-spirit work, who want to increase their capacity for impact.” Find more information at https://joiunlimited.com/find-calm-in-chaos-healing-circle/

Dr. Joi Lewis is CEO and Founder of Joi Unlimited Coaching & Consulting and the Orange Method of Radical Self- Care (Healing Justice) and Radical Hospitality (Social Justice). She is the author of the wildly successful book – Healing: The Act of Radical Self-Care. Her work is deeply informed by growing up in East St. Louis, Illinois, and is grounded in healing justice. She is a “bodyworker” for the collective body (systems) and individual bodies (self), Dr. Joi (as many fondly call her) holds space for the discovery of critical pressure points for liberation and healing from trauma through radical self care. Dr. Joi is a highly sought after mediator, coach, community healer, social entrepreneur and facilitator of liberation locally, nationally and globally. After a 20+ year career in higher education, she now describes herself as the “Artist-Activist formerly known as Dean Lewis.” Dr. Joi is on a mission to “put healing in the hands of anyone, anywhere.”

Our Healing the Black Community Through the Arts initiative (TBA) is a partnership with arts organizations and individual artists that serve the African American community and provides an outlet for creative expression, personal empowerment and healing from the inequalities and historical traumas that impact our daily lives.