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FEBRUARY 22, 2024


A Westminster Town Hall Forum TownTalks
In partnership with WILD Conversations


A TownTalks Presentation

Light food and drink will be served.

Town Hall Forums are always free.
No registration is required. Seating is open; first come, first seated.

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Click here to watch the livestream February 22.

Black Minnesotans have a rich history of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. Yet Minnesota has some of the deepest economic disparities for communities of color.

Westminster Town Hall Forum TownTalks welcomes two expert guests to explain the obstacles and inequities affecting Black economic prosperity in our state. They will highlight potential policy, program, and investment solutions to advance racial equity.




About the Panelists

Tawanna Black is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Economic Inclusion. For more than 20 years, she has worked with companies, nonprofits and governments on equitable talent, supply chain, philanthropy and marketing strategies.

Marcus Owens is a social entrepreneur, corporate and nonprofit leader, and fourth-generation North Minneapolis resident. He previously served as Chief Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum and the Northside Economic Opportunity Network.

They’ll be in conversation on stage with Forum director Tane Danger and then answer audience questions.

TownTalks is the Forum’s program featuring local speakers addressing regional issues. This TownTalks is co-presented with Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP) a nonprofit association of more than 70 law firms and corporate legal departments committed to a more inclusive community. This event will be part of TCDIP’s W.I.L.D. Conversations (Wanton Injustice Legal Detail) which focuses on combating anti-Black racism and all forms of racism through direct support and partnerships with existing community organizations currently rooted in that work.

The program is Thursday, February 22 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. in Westminster Hall. It is free and open to all, no registration is required. Refreshments will be served.

The program will also be livestreamed on the Forum website here.

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