The African American Forum, Inc. is established as a non-profit arts and cultural organization.
The first annual African American Ball was presented as a charity event to showcase African American expressions in the arts.
The Arts Partnership Project was established to provide art supplies and experiences in the literary, performing and visual arts at inner-city and rural elementary schools in the Lexington-Fayette Urban County area.
Commerce Lexington, The Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce, recognized the organization for its accomplishments by selecting the African American Forum, Inc. as its Minority Business of the Year.
The African American Forum Fund was established with the Blue Grass Community Foundation to administer the charitable assets of the organization.
The Brown Overstreet Greer Community Award of Excellence was officially introduced to the Lexington community at the 11th annual African American Ball.
The broadcast premiere of the 14th annual African American Ball was presented on LEX18 (a Lexington-based NBC affiliated TV station) as a two (2) hour special; a historic first for an African American event in the Lexington-Bluegrass region of the commonwealth of Kentucky.
The first Smooth Jazz Fest was presented as a regional arts & cultural festival held annually that celebrates contemporary American Jazz, complemented by fine cuisine and Kentucky culture.
The Smooth Jazz private wine label was introduced to promote the Smooth Jazz Fest and the wine industry in Kentucky; with the net proceeds from each sale benefitting the African American Forum's capital campaign fund.
The Lex Do It! trademark was launched to promote the African American Forum;s vision of unity for our community through cultural diversity and economic inclusion.
The inaugural African American Forum Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Chester and Msiba Ann Grundy during the opening ceremonies of the 18th annual African American Ball.