Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has been appointed to a new leadership position. He is joining the African American Mayors Association as a member of the Association’s Board of Trustees.
The African American Mayors Association, founded in 2014, is the only organization dedicated to representing African American mayors throughout the United States. The role of the African American Mayors Association includes taking positions on public policies that impact the vitality and sustainability of cities; providing mayors with leadership and management tools; and creating a forum for member mayors to share best practices related to municipal management.
The organization has 112 active members a long way from 1967 when former Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes was elected the first African-American mayor of a major city. This year, the four largest cities in the United States are led by Black Mayors, and at 18, Jayden Smith recently became the youngest Black Mayor in America when he was elected last month as mayor of Earle, AK.
Black women are excelling as Black Mayors. Nine Black women are mayors of some of the country’s largest cities, including St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and recently elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, who also counts on the list of Black mayors at the helm of the country’s largest cities.
“I am proud to join the leadership team of such an empowering group of mayors working each day to make our communities safer and stronger,” said Mayor Lucas. “More cities than ever before are represented by Black mayors and it is vital we work together to uplift our collective voices on issues disproportionately affecting our community—particularly as it relates to the scourge of gun violence and income inequality plaguing cities large and small across our country.”
Over the past several years, mayors have rallied together to enact policies to keep their residents safe from COVID-19, to take on gun manufacturers, to ensure the passage of the largest federal infrastructure package in history, and more.
“I am looking forward to serving on the board of the African American Mayors Association and continuing to work to increase the quality of life for all Kansas Citians and all Americans,” said Lucas in a recent release.”
In addition to serving as a member of the African American Mayors Association Board of Trustees, Mayor Lucas is also chairman of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Criminal and Social Justice Committee, and is a co-chair of Everytown for Gun Safety’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocacy organization.