The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum was established in 1984 with three major objectives:
- To focus national and international media attention on Latino and African American issues in Iowa and around the country.
- To bridge the gap between Latinos and African Americans and the majority community about the voting process and to educate Latinos and African Americans about the issues and problems that affect them
. Tomobilize and motivate members of both Latino and African American communities, in Iowa and around the country, to participate in the political process.