Black Mayors Urge Communities to Stand Up and Be Counted

Published on April 01, 2019

WASHINGTON, DCThe African American Mayors Association marked Census Day with an urgent call for all Americans to stand up and be counted in the 2020 census. People of color have been historically undercounted in the decennial census, further widening the resource gap that often stifles sustainable economic growth for Black and Brown families.

AAMA President, Mayor Oliver Gilbert, of Miami Gardens Florida, issued the following statement:

“Undercounted communities are underrepresented communities, and we know that people of color, in particular, have historically been marginalized and dismissed in U.S. politics. We need to break this cycle with a 2020 census that is fair and accurate, thus ensuring our schools, neighborhood clinics and public hospitals are adequately funded. Moreover, our political representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures across the country depend on an accurate count of our communities.

“It is vitally important that we ensure everyone is counted in the census. The census is your voice. It’s time to stand up and be counted.”