Mayor Turner Hosts African American Mayors Association Conference Includes Presidential Hopefuls, Discussions About Urgent City Challenges

Beginning today, Wednesday, April 24 to Friday, April 26, 2019, Black mayors from across the nation will gather in Houston, TX at the African American Mayors Association’s (AAMA) largest convening of the year.

“As a member of the Board of Trustees of AAMA, I am extraordinarily proud that the Board unanimously chose Houston, the fourth largest and most diverse city in the nation for this historic event. AAMA’s decision to host the conference in Houston will undoubtedly help AAMA mayor members broaden their impact on their communities, leading them into a more sustainable future,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“As Houston’s mayor, I am excited to host the conference and celebration along with the Local Host Mayor Committee, made up of the African American mayors in the greater Houston area and who are serving as co-chairs of the conference.”

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.

Conference highlights include the unveiling of new research about the future of work conducted by AAMA in partnership with; and meetings about urban environmental challenges; creating smart cities; maximizing the 2020 Census count in the face of unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to identify citizenship; and community policing standards. Additionally, Mayor Hardie Davis of Augusta, GA will be sworn-in as AAMA’s new president as the conference concludes on Friday, April 26th.

WHAT:  AAMA National Conference for African American Mayors

WHO: The Honorable Kamala Harris

The Honorable Bernie Sanders

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar

The Honorable Cory Booker

The Honorable Julián Castro

Mayor Wayne Messam

Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama

Ja’Ron Smith, Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of American Innovation

Dozens of Mayors (See list below)

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 24- Friday, April 26, 2019

WHERE: Hilton Americas- Houston, Houston, TX

1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010

Below is a list of some of the mayors that will be in attendance:

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Houston, TX

Mayor Oliver Gilbert

Miami Gardens, FL

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

Atlanta, GA

Mayor Muriel Bowser

Washington, DC

Mayor Hardie Davis

Augusta, GA

Mayor Steve Benjamin

Columbia, SC

Mayor Sly James

Kansas City, MO

Mayor Randall Woodfin

Birmingham, AL

Mayor Vi Lyles

Charlotte, NC

Mayor Levar Stoney

Richmond, VA

Mayor Jack Sims

District Heights, MD

Mayor Karen Weaver

Flint, MI

Mayor Deanna Reed

Harrisonburg, VA

Mayor Toni Harp

New Haven, CT

Mayor McKinley Price

Newport News, VA

Mayor Lovely Warren

Rochester, NY

Mayor Melvin Carter

St. Paul, MO

Mayor George Flaggs

Vicksburg, MS