The Black Community

MABL is committed to the overall goal of representing the interests of Black citizens and their community in the legal profession and in the judicial system throughout the state. As part of its mission, MABL, though its members and its Board, attempts to address legal issues affecting the Black community in Minnesota and advance education, excellence, and racial equity in the pursuit of justice. With this page, MABL highlights the achievements of its members as they strive to live MABL's mission and provides resources and information about social justice and racial equity projects and initiatives that affect Black Minnesotans.

Max Mason Pardon

It's been almost 100 years since a 21-year-old African American man from Alabama was arrested and convicted for the rape of a white woman in Minnesota. The state's Board of Pardons unanimously granted a posthumous pardon to Max Mason on Friday, June 12, 2020. Jerry Blackwell, MABL member and founding partner, CEO, and chairman of Blackwell Burke P.A., argued in support of the pardon.

Thank you Jerry and all that you do for racial equity and justice!

Articles, Events, Community Support, and Community Resources

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In Remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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MABL Congratulates Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

It is with pride and exultation that we extend our heartful congratulations to Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. As we celebrate this key moment in our history, we join the nation and world in giving special recognition to Vice President-elect Harris’ accomplishment.

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Diversity panel sees much room for improvement

The Twin Cities have been the epicenter of this year’s national discussion on systemic racism that some argue pervades not only law enforcement organizations, but businesses across all industries. In a recent virtual presentation of a new report on diversity and inclusion data within the Twin Cities legal community, a panel of notable lawyers excoriated the lack of diversity in the metro’s legal community and challenged both law firms and corporate legal divisions to step up their efforts to assemble more diverse teams.

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Remaking America into a House of Equality

In September, Attorney at Law Magazine partnered with the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers (MABL) to host a panel discussion with representatives from seven Minnesota bar organizations, moderated by the Honorable JaPaul J. Harris. The purpose of this discussion was to give a voice to affinity bars in the wake of recent tragedies — including the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and others.

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X-ray Community Page


Moyana Olivia, an artist from Minnesota, wrote X-RAY to raise awareness to racial injustice and encourage people to take tangible action against police brutality by voting in the general election of November 2020. Click here for more information on how to vote in your state.

Artists: Moyana Olivia and Mac Turner | Producer: Best Buy Tech Center Coordinator J.T. Evans | Director: New School Media | Music Collective: Royal Family Music Group


Statement to Breonna Taylor

Dear Breonna Taylor,

We have no words. We are tired – tired of talking about inequities in the criminal justice system and the devaluation of Black Lives. We feel your pain. In fact, we feel pain every day.

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Statement Against Criminalization of Black and Brown Victims

On May 25, 2020, four Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd. Minnesota, the rest of our country, and the world witnessed the last minutes of Mr. Floyd's life; Floyd, a father, a son, and, more importantly, a human being, lay with his head pressed into the cement, empty hands bound with cuffs, pleading for mercy and the comfort of his dead mother.

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African American Leadership Forum's COVID-19 Resources 

MABL stands in solidarity with the many organizations assisting Black Minnesotans through the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis. Of those, MABL highlights AALF's COVID-19 resource page as good repository for useful information to guide Black Minnesotans. Click here to go to the resource page.

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Legal Diversity: 30 Years in the Trenches

More than a few of those leading legal diversity efforts in our profession are strangers to relatively recent history. That history can teach important lessons in an ethnically unrepresentative legal community that is still nearly 80% white and that still lags nearly all professions nationwide in minority inclusion.

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Bending Toward Justice: The Black Experience in the Minnesota Judiciary

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." In the Minnesota judiciary, the moral arc has been long yet has bent toward justice.

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Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

MABL asks its allies and others struggling with questions and concepts surrounding racial equality and equity, and the difficult questions that are uncomfortable to ask and even more difficult to listen to, to view Emmanuel Acho's series "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man."