Dear Mayors and supporters of the African American Mayors Association,
I am honored to serve as President of the African American Mayors Association (AAMA). My vision for AAMA is continuing to build a dynamic organization that brings together the collective voice of a growing number of African American mayors to positively impact our communities. Throughout the year, we will be connecting with mayors across America, encouraging them to participate in AAMA, and solidifying relationships with state-based organizations and the White House. The enthusiasm expressed for AAMA throughout the country is exciting and I look forward to welcoming new member mayors into our association.
In addition to expanding our membership, AAMA will be instrumental in supporting initiatives that improve the quality of life and expand economic opportunities in cities across the country. AAMA is working with our members to make their communities safer through the Criminal Justice Reform Task Force ensuring black mayors are at the forefront of effective community policing best practices. AAMA also continues to support President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Community Challenge, ensuring that cities and towns are engaged in creating and implementing strategies to address challenges faced by young men and boys of color.
I encourage you to explore our website and learn more about the rich legacy of our African American mayors, AAMA membership and activities, and become a member or sponsor of the Association. Thank you for visiting our website and I hope to work closely with you over the next year.
Mayor Sly James (Kansas City, MO)
President, African American Mayors Association