For Immediate Release: April 25, 2018
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(WASHINGTON, DC) — Starting today, Black mayors from all across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. this week for the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) Annual Conference, “Building Bridges: Pathways to Progress.” Cities continue to be laboratories for good governance and in the last year we have seen a spike in in Black women leaders, particularly mayors across the country. The annual event connects Black mayors with thought-leaders, politicians, advocacy organizations, and corporations to forge alliances, focus on unique local challenges, and exchange ideas that will foster safer and more prosperous communities for millions of Americans. The conference is AAMA’s largest convening of the year.
On April 26th, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) will receive the Fannie Lou Hamer Award for her leadership in the US House of Representatives as Co-Chair of the Smart Cities Caucus, Co-Chair of the Black Women & Girls Caucus, and as a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Virginia Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax, will also receive the President’s Award for his inspiring leadership in public service on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia as a federal prosecutor and now as Lieutenant Governor. Former Philadelphia Mayor, Michael Nutter; and AARP’s Dr. Jean Accius, will join a long list of big city mayors and luminaries including Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C; Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston, TX; Mayor Karen Weaver of Flint, MI, Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Mayor Sly James of Kansas City who will lead and serve on conference panels.
Some of the discussion highlights include sessions on leveraging infrastructure to create smarter cities; increasing civic engagement; addressing health and wellness disparities among black women; and fostering more livable communities. Additionally, Mayor Oliver Gilbert of Miami Gardens, FL will be sworn-in as AAMA’s new president as the conference concludes on Friday, April 27th.
Outgoing president, Mayor Toni Harp of New Haven, CT said, “I’m incredibly proud of the strides we have made this year to protect the well-being of our constituents in the face of unprecedented political tumult in Washington; and I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues and our allies to secure thriving futures for our cities and towns under the leadership of Mayor Gilbert.”