2015 Annual Convening

The 2015 Cities United Convening,
April 29-May 1, 2015,
Philadelphia, PA

The second annual Cities United convening allowed attendees the opportunity to unpack the social, systemic and environmental factors that contribute to the stark disparities impacting African American men and boys. Guest speakers and thought leaders from across the United States provided valuable insights, tools and strategies that included alternatives to juvenile detention and incarceration, improving relationships with communities of color and law enforcement, and recognizing and responding to trauma in the lives of black boys and young men.

We were honored to have representatives from the White House participate in the convening as panelists and featured speakers. Roy Austin, Jr., Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity opened day two with an important message on alignment and how initiatives like Cities United provide an important value add to My Brother’s Keeper.

Day two also included a powerful panel featuring Ronald Davis, Director of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Footage of Director Austin’s remarks and Director Davis’ panel will be available on citiesunited.org in the very near future.


Cities United would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2nd Annual Cities United Convening Mobilizing for Change.

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Convening Press Coverage

“Nutter hosts conference on reducing violence against Black men, boys”

Philadelphia Tribune (4/28/15)

“Gathering in Philly confronts violence claiming African-American men, youth”

WHYY/Newsworks (4/29/15)

“Mayors Meet to Reduce Violence Among Young African-American Men”

NBC10 (4/29/15)

“Nutter, 13 Other Mayors Meet for Cities United Conference”

6ABC (4/29/15)

“Mayors Voice Support For Baltimore Mayor During Philadelphia Conference On Urban Violence”

KYW1060 (4/29/15)

“Mayors gather here to work on saving black lives”

Daily News (4/30/15)

“Community Leaders Share Ideas on How to Quell Urban Violence”

NY Times (4/30/15)

“Strategies to quell violence against Black men”

Philadelphia Tribune (5/1/2015)