Washington, D.C. (October 7, 2015) – The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) affirms its support for South Carolina in the aftermath of historic flooding that has resulted in loss of life and extensive damage throughout the Palmetto State.
During yesterday’s Board of Trustees meeting, the Board approved a resolution authorizing a $5,000 donation from AAMA to the American Red Cross, supporting South Carolina flood relief efforts. AAMA will also raise additional funds for flood relief through Crowdrise, a third-party fundraising platform that will directly distribute all contributions to the American Red Cross.
The AAMA Board of Trustees also reaffirmed its commitment to holding the Association’s inaugural Leadership Summit in Columbia, South Carolina, in November 2015. The AAMA Leadership Summit will bring Board of Trustees members and Business Council partners to Columbia to facilitate strategic planning, and to connect with subject matter experts and other thought leaders on organizational policy goals.
First Vice President Mayor Sly James (Kansas City, MO) issued the following statement:
“The devastation caused by this once-in-a-thousand-years flooding event in South Carolina is heartbreaking. AAMA’s purpose includes enabling Black mayors to come together and support each other during such difficult times. AAMA is supporting South Carolina mayors as they seek to provide for public safety and to obtain disaster recovery assistance. We continue to keep South Carolina residents in our thoughts and prayers.”
The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is the only organization exclusively 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.
Media Contact: Everton Morris, AAMA Deputy Executive Director, Everton@ourmayors.org