Now it's time for African Immigrants to move from civic spectators to policy makers by taking leadership roles on local park boards, PTA's, philanthropic groups, city commissions, and local governments. That was the main theme of the African Civic Engagement Conversation that took place in May at the Brooklyn Park City Council Chambers. Think Again MN Board members Linda Freemon and Carol Woehrer participated in the planning of the Civic Engagement Conversation.
Brooklyn Park, a city of 77,000, is nearly 50 percent minority. About 21 percent of the city is foreign-born. Brooklyn Center, a city of 30,000, is about 55 percent minority, according to U.S. Census data. About 23 percent of its population is foreign-born.
Read the articles on the Conversation reported in the Star Tribune and Twin Cities Daily Planet:
Brooklyn Park forum: Immigrant and minorities need to step up and take more civic roles
Brooklyn Park African and African-American communities convene 350 leaders for civic engagement