Black mayors from around the country convened in the nation’s capital for the African American Mayors Association conference held April 19-21 for its ninth annual gathering. This year’s conference theme was, “Our Mayors Our Cities: The Catalyst for Equitable and Inclusive Growth.” The theme, according to organizers, was to elevate dialogue that informs and empowers the future of leadership, change, and growth in cities across America.

Sessions included: Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Update and Dialogue: Successes and Challenges, Working Across Sectors to Provide Access to Affordable & Healthy Food and Beverage Options, Workforce Development through the Retailer Lens: A Catalyst for Economic Prosperity and Opportunity, Small Business & Thriving Economies:

The Opportunities and Optimism Microbusinesses Bring to Local Economies and much more. Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, outgoing Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Houston Mayor Sylvester Young participated in a “fireside chat” representing the four largest cities in the country.

The mayors were also addressed by Vice-President Kamala Harris at the Vice-Presidential residence.