Black Mayors Convene to Focus on Building Resilient Cities
Published on May 11, 2021
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the African American Mayors Association will virtually convene over 150 Black mayors, Biden-Harris Administration officials, and social justice advocates for its 2021 Annual Conference. Participants will continue to discuss solutions to a variety of policy challenges facing the nation’s cities, including the housing crisis, policing reform, infrastructure, and environmental racism, all of which were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and have disproportionately impacted communities of color. The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively representing the over 500 African-American mayors across the United States.
Mayor Karen Weaver, former mayor of Flint, Michigan and interim executive director of the African American Mayors Association, said, “We are excited to be closely collaborating with the Biden-Harris Administration and other policymakers and advocates across the country who understand the role Black mayors play in fostering prosperity for millions of Americans. The combination of our lived and professional experiences give our members unique insight into the solutions our country needs to recover from a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our way of life.”
Aligned with the spirit of this year’s conference theme, “Forward Together: Mayors Vision for Resilient Communities,” AAMA will present awards to a slate of cross-sector leaders who have dedicated themselves to increasing political and economic opportunity in America. Among them is Stacey Abrams, who will receive the President’s Award for Civic Engagement for her exemplary work increasing access to the ballot box as founder of Fair Fight.
AAMA is proud to welcome the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Marcia Fudge, who will provide keynote remarks. Secretary Fudge is a former mayor and alum of AAMA, and brings her lived experience as a mayor to her work at HUD. This includes making sure the unprecedented dollars for infrastructure and pandemic recovery efforts get to people who need it most.
AAMA President, Mayor McKinley Price, DDS, of Newport News, Virginia said, “Black mayors have been at the forefront of efforts to navigate unprecedented pressures on all Americans, especially communities of color, as a result of the pandemic. Our success to protect the residents of our cities against irrevocable economic losses depends on committed partners such as Secretary Fudge, who understand that cities are laboratories for good governance. This conference is one more step in our continued relationship with allies in the Biden-Harris Administration, and elsewhere, to ensure every American has an opportunity to thrive.”
To tune into the conference live, please go to AAMA's Facebook