- Associated Press - Monday, July 6, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democrats and Republicans in Iowa are planning to host presidential forums that focus on minority communities.

Organizers of the Brown and Black Forum announced Monday that the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party will host events that allow presidential candidates to answer questions concerning Latinos and African-Americans. Topics will include education, immigration and criminal justice.

A forum for Republican candidates will be held Dec. 3 at Drake University. Democratic candidates will be invited to an event in Des Moines on Jan. 11.

Republican candidates were notified Monday of their upcoming event. Democratic candidates will receive invitations soon.

The Brown and Black Forum, first held in 1984, has previously involved one event. Organizers say it’s the country’s oldest continuous presidential forum focused on minority issues.

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