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ABOUT

OUR STORY

The history of African Americans in Texas and throughout America is one of resilience, innovation, and triumph. However, despite some limited success, the African American community has been impaired by decades of neglect, insensitivity, and the inability of leadership to develop and implement plans to sustain its core institutions and people.

OUR VISION

We will study and promote the advancement of public policy, economic development, education, and leadership development as it relates to the African American community in North Central Texas and throughout the state of Texas.

OUR MISSION

We advance and inform, through research and teaching, the political decision-making process to empower and promote the African American community.

AALI FOUNDING MEMBERS (2016)

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Texas State Senator Royce West
Senate District 23
Dallas, TX

Former Texas State Representative
Eric Johnson - Texas House of Representatives District 100 - Dallas, TX
(Current - City of Dallas Mayor)

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Texas State Representative Toni Rose
Texas House of Representatives District 110 - Dallas, TX

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Dr. Lew Blackburn
Former DISD School Board Trustee
District 5 - Dallas, TX

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Former Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson
Dallas City Council District 8
Dallas, TX

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Councilman Casey Thomas
Dallas City Council District 3
Dallas, TX

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Dr. Michael Sorrell
President of Paul Quinn College
Dallas, TX

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Former Texas State Representative
Helen Giddings - Texas House of Representatives District 109 - Dallas, TX

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Councilman Tennell Atkins
Dallas City Council District 8
Dallas, TX

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Commissioner Roy Brooks
Tarrant County Commissioners Court Precinct 1 - Ft. Worth, TX

2023 AALI ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Keith J. Benn, Sr. - Chair

Elected Officials - Members

Dallas Councilman Tennell Atkins

Texas State Representative Nicole Collier

State Board of Education Trustee Aicha Davis

Texas State Representative Carl Sherman

Texas State Representative Toni Rose

Dallas Councilman Casey Thomas

Texas State Senator Royce West

Texas State Representative Nicole Collier - Texas House of Representatives District 95
Ft. Worth, TX

Aicha Davis
State Board of Education Trustee
District 13 - Dallas, TX

Texas State Representative
Carl Sherman - Texas House of Representatives District 109
Dallas, TX

Members

Maurice A. West                     Executive Director

James K. Agbodzakey, PhD.     Education

Tremon Arnold                        Healthcare

Priscilla Barbour Randall          Communications/Social Media

Lajuana D. Barton                   Logistics

Andrea Beavers, PA-C             Healthcare

Alan Beavers                          Technology/Healthcare

Melissa Bradford                    Fundraising

Ben Brown                             Housing

Tim Gibbs                              Economic Development

Michael (Mike) Grace, AICP    Economic Development

Audrey Johnson                      Fundraising/EO Reception

Catrina B Johnson                   Economic Development

Undrea Miller                         Education

Sean Read                             Young Adult Outreach

Maria Salazar                        Criminal Justice

Kelsel Thompson                      Logistics

Randolph Wilson

Dean of Men and External Affairs 
Maurice A. West - Paul Quinn College - Dallas, TX

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