Mayor Sly James today became first vice president of the African American Mayors Association during its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
“In its first year, the association has already made great strides in its programming and its activities, and I’m looking forward to helping it continue to grow,” James said. “I’m also looking forward to working with the new president, Mayor Steve Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, to continue to advance our organization and the cities we each serve.”
James succeeds Benjamin as first vice president. Benjamin succeeds Mayor William Bell of Birmingham, Alabama, as president.
The African American Mayors Association (AAMA) was launched on May 1, 2014, and 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 association takes positions on public policies that affect the vitality and sustainability of cities, provides mayors with leadership and management tools, and creates a forum for member mayors to share best practices.