New faces will join the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage after appointments made by Minnesota governor Tim Walz last week.
In a press statement, Walz announced the appointment of Liberian-American Wayne Doe of Shoreview, Twauna Mullins of Woodbury and Nigerian-American Jude Nnadi of Brooklyn Center. The three will serve four-year terms effective May 6 with their terms expiring on January 2, 2023.
The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH) is the successor to the Council on Black Minnesotans as of 2015. The Council on Black Minnesotans was created in 1980 by the Minnesota legislature to advise the governor and the legislature on issues facing the state’s black community. In 2015, the legislature adopted a new statute that renamed the Council on Black Minnesotans as Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH) an its executive director is appointed by the Legislative Coordinating Commission, a group of 12 legislative leaders that consists of six members each from the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate.
The statute adopted in 2015 requires the governor to appoint 11 members to the CMAH requiring five of the 11 members to be women and at least three of those 11 to be “first or second generation African immigrants, who generally reflect the demographic composition of these African immigrants, as determined by the state demographer.”