AAMA Launches First-Ever Institute to Train and Empower Black Mayors
Published on August 27, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, the African American Mayors Association hosted the inaugural session of the AAMA Mayors' Institute for Racial and Economic Justice. In partnership with HBCUs across the country, the institute supports the ongoing training of Black mayors, with an emphasis on newly elected mayors who lead small and large sized cities ranging from 500 to over 1 million. Topics include crisis management, political communication, and the cultivation of equitable and inclusive economies. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University -- a leading HBCU -- is a partner in this effort.
“We are thrilled to launch this unique learning experience. As Black mayors, we face unique hurdles in our leadership roles. By engaging with former mayors, academic experts, corporate leaders, and other top professionals, we can better support our communities and strengthen our leadership,” said Mayor McKinley Price, DDS (Newport News, VA) -- the president of the African American Mayors Association. “We are particularly excited to be partnering with Florida A&M University on this initiative. HBCUs and mayors both play a special role in invigorating communities.”
“The symbiotic relationship between HBCUs and our cities demands we work closely together. HBCUs have long been the lifeblood of their surrounding communities. When we prosper, they prosper,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., who also noted the role of HBCUs in molding generations of future leaders. “We are perhaps the best incubators of African American mayors. The list of our alumni is long and impressive.”