The Iowa Brown & Black Forum for 2008 Democrat presidential candidates was held on Saturday, December 1, 2007, at North High School in Des Moines. Senator Barack Obama, Senator Joe Biden, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator John Edwards, Senator Mike Gravel, Representative Dennis Kucinich, and Governor Bill Richardson participated. The event was telecast live by HDNet and Mediacom, telecast on a delayed basis by Iowa Public Television, and broadcast live worldwide by Sirius Satellite Radio.
The first Brown & Black Forum for Democratic Iowa gubernatorial primary candidates was held on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa. The first Brown & Black Forum for Democratic and Republican Iowa gubernatorial candidates was held the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2006, at the Iowa Public Television studios in Johnston, Iowa, and broadcast statewide by IPTV.
The 5th Brown & Black Presidential Forum was held at the Polk County, Iowa, Convention Center on January 11, 2004, at 7:00 p.m. with Democratic candidates Ambassasdor Carol Moseley Braun, Governor Howard Dean, Senator John Edwards, Representative Dick Gephardt, Senator John Kerry, Senator Joe Lieberman, Representative Dennis Kucinich, and Reverend Al Sharpton.
Rep. Wayne Ford had the opportunity to address the crowd at the 2000 Democratic National Convention held at Los Angeles’ brand new Staples Center.
On Wednesday, May 17, 2000, the Iowa Brown-Black Coalition conducted the first Iowa Brown-Black Polk County Sheriff Forum at the Des Moines Botanical Center. The Iowa Brown-Black Polk County Sheriff Forum is recognized as the only minority candidate forum in Iowa.
Democrat candidates Al Gore and Bill Bradley participated in the forum which was held on Monday, January 17, at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa. The event was broadcast live nationwide by MSNBC.
There was no forum because President Bill Clinton was unopposed for re-nomination and Republican candidates chose not to participate.
The third Brown-Black Presidential Forum was held on February 8 at the Community Hall located in Des Moines, Iowa. Only Iowa Senator Tom Harkin participated. No other candidates participated because Sen. Harkin was an Iowa “Favorite Son” candidate.
The second Brown-Black Presidential Forum was held on January 20 at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa. Bruce Babbitt, Michael Dukakis, Richard Gephardt, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Paul Simon participated.
The first Brown-Black Presidential Forum was held on January 10 at the Tiny Tot Child Care Center, located in Des Moines, Iowa. John Glenn, Gary Hart, Alan Cranston, and George McGovern participated. Vice-President Mondale did not participate but met with the Brown-Black Coalition later in February.
Wayne Ford organized the first minority Democrat Presidential Forum in Des Moines, Iowa dealing with issues sensitive to the minority community. That year Governor Jimmy Carter, Fred Harris, Birch Bayh and Sargent Shriver sent surrogates. Concerned Citizens for Minority Affairs was a forerunner of the Brown-Black coalition.