African American Mayors Association (AAMA)

The AAMA is the only organization exclusively representing African-American mayors in the United States. AAMA exists 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.
  • Creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.

AAMA was launched in 2014 in Washington D.C. by a group of black mayors, who focused on founding principles of transparency and accountability.

Other organizations of mayors included the Southern Conference of Black Mayors which was founded in 1974.  In 1976, at the prompting of mayors from the Midwest, the mayors voted to expand the organization’s scope by changing the name to the National Conference of Black Mayors, Inc. (NCBM). The same year, NCBM obtained tax-exempt status as a 501(c)3 organization and presented a series of municipal management clinics in local communities, and produced a number of proposals that led to a significant increase of public support to member communities.

The NCBM articulates public policy positions and serves as a clearinghouse on information pertinent to municipal development and financing. NCBM provides technical and management assistance through cutting-edge research, best practices, and partnerships that enable its mayors to challenge and overcome grappling issues that erode the vitality and sustainability of the nation’s cities.

Both the AAMA and NCBM serve African-American mayors, operate independently, and have distinct histories and missions. The organizations collaborate with other mayors’ associations to enhance their impact and address common challenges through:

  • Networking and Partnerships
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Coalitions and Alliances
  • Research and Data Sharing
  • Joint Initiatives

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