AAMA Statement on Shooting in Atlanta, Georgia

Published on May 03, 2023


– The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is sending thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims following today’s shooting in Atlanta, Georgia. Member-mayors from across the country are offering their support to Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens during this tragic time following yet another senseless and devastating act of violence. 

“My thoughts and prayers, though they are not enough, are with the victims, their families, and the city of Atlanta during this trying time. I hope that this shooter will be brought to justice and that Congress will come together to finally take the necessary action against guns and gun violence,” said AAMA President and Mount Vernon, N.J. Mayor Shawyn Patterson-Howard. “Gun violence affects all of our cities, everyday, and we cannot afford to wait a second longer to act.” 


The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization dedicated to representing over 500 African American mayors across the United States. AAMA seeks to empower local leaders for the benefit of their citizens. The role of the AAMA includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.



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