2018 Cities United

On behalf of the Cities United advisory board and leadership team, we invite you to participate in the 5th Annual Cities United Convening hosted by Mayor Madeline Rogero and the City of Knoxville. This important event is made possible by the generous support from Casey Family Programs, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust, the Langeloth Foundation, the Walmart Foundation, and other local and national partners.

Our 5th Annual Convening will provide coaching and capacity building strategies to cities committed to making sure Black men and boys and their families are living in communities that are safe, healthy and hopeful.

This year we will take time to celebrate and honor our past while uplifting our milestones and progress on the road to 2025. Whether you've been to previous convenings in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Minneapolis, or if this will be your first one, expect to gain information on ways to make a real impact in your community and inspiration from folks from around the country dedicated to keeping our young Black men and boys.

We strongly encourage mayors to assemble teams that include a local Cities United representative, a youth delegate, a community or faith leader, a public safety representative and a representative from a local foundation.

Each person planning to attend must register by Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by clicking on the NEW REGISTRATION button above. There is no registration fee; however, all participants must register.

We look forward to you and your team joining us in Knoxville as we continue down the road to 2025 and toward creating communities where our young Black men and boys are safe, healthy and hopeful.


Cities United 2018 Convening Sponsors

Cities United is deeply grateful for the
generous support of our convening sponsors!

Cities United Advisory Board:
  • Clarence Anthony, National League of Cities
  • Dr. William C. Bell, Casey Family Programs
  • Jamira Burley, Global Business Coalition for Education
  • Shawn Dove, Campaign for Black Male Achievement
  • Melron Kelly, Deputy Police Chief of Columbia, SC
  • Malcom Reed, D3 Community Outreach, Inc.
  • Mayor Madeline Rogero, City of Knoxville, TN
  • Mayor Donnie Tuck, City of Hampton, VA

  • Betsy Hodges, (Senior Advisor) former Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Mitch Landrieu, (Ex-officio Board Member) former Mayor of New Orleans
  • Michael A. Nutter, (Senior Advisor and Ex-officio Board Member) former Mayor of Philadelphia