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*Des Moines, IA – The Nation’s Oldest Minority Presidential Forum, Brown and Black Forums of America(formerly known as The Brown and Black Presidential Forum), which is focused on issues impacting communities of color, announced today they are organizing a series of forums and town hall meetings around the nation leading up to the 2020 Presidential election.

The Forum plans to expand outside of Iowa this year with a series of town halls to generate much needed dialogue around five (5) pillars of focus Criminal Justice, Immigration, Education, Economic Development and Health.

Founded in 1984 to convene the nation’s leading presidential candidates visiting Iowa to participate in the Iowa Caucus, Brown and Black Forums of America formerly known as the Brown and Black Presidential Forum has attracted the nation’s leading presidential candidates, including former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, John Glen and former Vice President Walter Mondale. The last Forum during the 2016 election was hosted by anchors Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez, Fusion contributor and comedian Akilah Hughes, and New York magazine writer-at-large Rembert Browne are moderating. Past media partners include; MSNBC, Univision, Fusion, C-Span, Iowa Public Television and HDNET.

This year and in 2020, the Brown and Black Forums of America will once again be collaborating with Cashmere Agency based in Los Angeles, CA to organize a series of town hall meetings and presidential forums. Targeted States includes, South Carolina, California and Nevada. The Forum will hold a Democratic forum at Drake University in Des Moines, IA on January 20, 2020 – Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. The Forum will be releasing a full schedule of events shortly.

“Nuestra voz es nuestro voto. Our voice is our vote,” said Brown and Black Forums of America Co-founder and co-chair, Mary E. Campos. “The Forum was founded not to build walls but to tear down those walls that strive to deprive us as citizens of being educated and well informed of our voting rights. We welcome the opportunity to educate and inform the voters by the participation in the forum of both political parties and their candidates to answer questions from the perspective voters,” she added.

“This forum began in Iowa, but uniting communities of color is a national issue,” said Wayne Ford, co-founder and co-chair of the Brown and Black Forums of America, and the former seven-term African-American legislator.” Ford, who retired over a year ago, shepherded the process which allowed Iowa to become the first state to pass “minority-impact statement” criminal justice legislation, requiring the state to analyze impact of new legislation on communities of color.


About The Brown and Black Presidential Forums of America, formerly known as the Brown and Black Presidential Forum

The Brown and Black Presidential Forums of America, is the nation’s oldest Presidential Forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of Latinos, African Americans and other communities of color. This non-partisan event has figured prominently in the Iowa Caucus since 1984. It is also recognized in America as one of the longest running Presidential Forum/Debates.

2016 Brown and Black Forum HERE


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