The African American Forum, a non-profit arts and cultural organization, is committed to developing programs that support and highlight the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans.  By sharing experiences reflective of African American culture, we encourage individuals to embrace diversity and, in doing so, create a greater culture.  A united culture. We place our emphasis on unity in the word Community!


If you've been wondering and waiting when news about the 23rd Annual African American Ball would be announced, the wait is OVER! It's time to make your plans for an experience like no other. Only a limited number of tickets are available... so get yours today! You can make your reservations with our exclusive Accommodations Partner... the Embassy Suites by Hilton as well.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets and you're on your way to one of the commonwealth of Kentucky's premier "Black Tie Gala's".

This year's festivities will kicked off on Friday, January 22, 2016 with the 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out! and feature Lexington's own... Miss Kentucky Clark Janell Davis and Patrice Washington, "Your Money Maven" from the Steve Harvey Saturday Show. 

The second day of festivities on Saturday, January 23, 2016 will focus on the African American Forum's signature event: the "Black Tie Gala"... in the beauty and charm of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington's Coldstream Ballroom.  We hope to see your face in the place!

Why not make it a special weekend for you and that special someone... just click on the Events tab listed above on the left side of your screen, then select Accommodations to take advantage of a special discount rate being offered courtesy of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington.

Stay tuned for more information and updates on this page as well as through the communications channels of our promotional partners: LEX18, WBTF-FM, 107.9 "The Beat" and the Lexington Herald-Leader.


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Forum News

November 27
21st annual event is "Back In Stride Again!"
November 27, 2013 (Lexington, Kentucky) The African American Forum, Inc. (AAF) is pleased to announce that the 21st Annual African American Ball (AAB) will be presented on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown, which has been designated the Official Host Hotel for this regional event held annually that celebrates art, culture and entertainment from the African American Experience. more

July 24
The African American Forum is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest
The African American Forum, Inc. (AAF) is proud to present the 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest featuring Alex Bugnon and Special Guests Cindy Bradley and Nelson Rangell. The event will take place on Saturday, August 10; Gates open at 5:30 pm; and the concert begins at 7:30 pm. The African American Forum is pleased that Transylvania University will once again play host to this regional event held annually that celebrates contemporary American Jazz, complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture. more

July 15
Official Host Hotel and Accommodations Partner
The Hilton Lexington/Downtown is pleased to be the Official Host Hotel and exclusive Accommodations Partner of the 2013 6th Annual Lexus Smooth Jazz Fest. more