Governor Walz of Minnesota has appointed June Nnadi (left) and Wayne Doe (right) to Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage to four year terms effective May 6, 2019. Not pictured is Twauna Mullins who will also serve a four year term. Photos: Submitted
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.”
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Tom is the President and Publisher of Mshale and chair of the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium (MMMC). As Mshale founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation.Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the DishNetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has previously served in the board of directors of Global Minnesota, the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has also previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa and.
He sits on the board of the United Nations Association.