In July 2020, GMA’s Equity and Inclusion Commission was appointed and charged with recommending actions to the Board of Directors that promote equality, justice, fairness, and diversity; identify and eliminate sources of overt and implied racism, prejudice, and bigotry; and equip city leaders to listen thoughtfully and dialogue constructively with the citizens they serve.
The group consists of 26 municipal officials and is co-chaired by LaGrange Mayor and GMA First Vice President Jim Thornton and Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis. Ambassador Andrew Young delivered a virtual keynote address at the August 2020 kickoff meeting. “Today GMA begins its journey to address the ugly legacy of systemic racism and inequality,” said Vince Williams, Union City Mayor and GMA president in his remarks to the Commission. “This is a big step, a courageous step and the right step for our cities and the state of Georgia, and our association is uniquely positioned to tackle these issues and serve as a catalyst for lasting change,” he said.
The Commission's final report was presented to the GMA Board in January 2022.
Read the Commission’s Final Report