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Mayor Michael B. Coleman (Columbus, OH)

Mayor Coleman is AAMA’s featured mayor of the month. In addition to leading the city of Columbus, OH, he has been leading on national issues including the events in Ferguson, MO. Michael B. Coleman commentary: Ferguson has important lessons for cities nationwide Posted in the Columbus dispatch Like most Americans, I am deeply saddened and […]

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Cities United Hires Seasoned Leader as First Chief Executive Officer

Philadelphia, October 9, 2015 – Anthony Smith will lead Cities United as its first chief executive officer, announced Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Co-founded by Mayor Nutter and Mayor Landrieu in 2011, Cities United serves as a national network of communities focused on eliminating violence in American cities related to African American men and boys.

 “Anthony’s work has prepared him well to lead Cities United,” said Nutter. “His personal mission has always been to find opportunities to create better outcomes for African American men and boys, their families and the communities they call home.”

 Smith, who will begin his new role on Nov. 2, is currently Director for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods in the office of Mayor Greg Fischer in Louisville, KY. He works with city departments, community and faith-based organizations, community members and civic and business leaders to develop prevention strategies to reduce violent crime and create better outcomes for the most impacted populations.

“Anthony Smith has worked tirelessly to make Louisville a safer city and a place of opportunity for all our children and families,” said Mayor Fischer. “While I am sad to see him leave, I could not be more proud of him achieving this new leadership role that gives him the chance to advocate for men and boys of color and safer communities on the national stage. We look forward to working with him in his new capacity.

The entire country will now get to see the superstar we have had here in Louisville.” A seasoned leader with over 20 years of experience organizing, facilitating, managing, mobilizing, and building networks, Smith is well suited to lead Cities United. He has a long track record of achievement working with civic and political leaders to create community change with a broad array of stakeholders collaborating on a shared vision of hope and possibility.

“I am proud to join Cities United and support its mission to reduce the violent deaths of African American males in this country,” Smith said. “Cities United has played a historic role in courageously elevating mayors as critical change agents in addressing the epidemic of violence against African American males.”

In his current role, Smith successfully coordinated efforts through national initiatives like Cities United and My Brother’s Keeper. He helped secure the selection of Louisville in 2014 as one of only five new sites added to the Department of Justice National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a federal initiative focused on reclaiming streets and schools from violence and revitalizing communities. Smith’s work to align national initiatives with local efforts has generated over $10million in public and private investments.

“The future of our nation depends on safe, prosperous communities where our young African American men and boys have opportunities to succeed,” said Landrieu. “We are proud to announce Anthony as our leader of Cities United—his support and commitment to this work will give us a chance to be more innovative and to create sustainable outcomes.”

Cities United, a project of Tides Center, was founded by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in partnership with Casey Family Programs, National League of Cities, Open Society Foundations, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Today, this movement has grown to include 76 U.S. mayors committed to working with community leaders, families, youth, philanthropic organizations and other stakeholders to reduce the epidemic of homicides and violence plaguing African American men and boys. These cities are also focused on restoring hope to their communities and building pathways to justice, employment, education and increased opportunities for citizens.

Please direct all media inquiries to media@citesunited.org

African American Mayors Association Affirms Support for South Carolina

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.”

About AAMA

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

AAMA Paid Internships available!

AAMA Paid Internship (Washington D.C.)

The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) is seeking paid interns to start immediately to work under the direction of the AAMA Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director to support the association’s operations, marketing, public relations, and strategic planning objectives. Secondary duties of the interns include supporting the AAMA annual conference in April 2016 in Washington D.C., scheduling and coordinating speaking engagements and events for member mayors, writing press releases, drafting written briefings and agendas, creating social media content and other related duties as assigned. Students pursuing graduate level study in Business, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Public Policy, or a related field are preferred. Please send your resume to Everton@OurMayors.org.

Statement on the USA Visit of Pope Francis

Washington, D.C. (Sep. 21, 2015) – The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) shares the enthusiasm of many Americans for the upcoming visit by Pope Francis to the United States. AAMA President Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC) issued the following statement on behalf of the organization: 

“Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has been a powerful leadership role model by emphasizing humility, a commitment to the poor and disadvantaged, and promoting dialogue. His visits to Washington, New York City, and Philadelphia will urge all Americans and their elected officials to reaffirm our society’s best practices while working harder to ensure fairness and opportunity for everyone. On behalf of AAMA, I wish Pope Francis a successful and impactful visit to the United States.“