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Memory Sunday

Memory Sunday is an annual event in June in which congregations serving African Americans provide education on Alzheimer's prevention, treatment, research studies, and caregiving. Twelve faith communities recognized Memory Sunday in virtual events in 2020. For information about 2021 Memory Sunday programs and resources, e-mail karen.winston@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0706. 2020 flyer

Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 13, 2020. The Mayor's Council on African American Elders and Northwest African American Museum are collaborating on a special event celebrating grandparents and families that day at the museum. For more information, visit the Aging King County online calendar or e-mail karen.winston@seattle.gov.

African American Caregivers Forum

The 2020 Legacy of Love African American Caregivers Forum will be held online on Saturday, November 14. The annual forum is an opportunity to support caregivers whose loved ones are experiencing Alzheimer's or a related dementia. For information about the 2019 and previous forums, click here. For sponsor opportunities, e-mail karen.winston@seattle.gov.

About Us

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders (MCAAE) was established in 1995 by Seattle Mayor Norman B. Rice to oversee the development of a comprehensive continuum of services to serve the needs of African American elders.

The Mayor's Council on African American Elders is a council of up to 12 members that advocates for programs and services on behalf of older African Americans. One of MCAAE's goals is to recruit people from diverse professional backgrounds. The current composition includes individuals with expertise in aging, case management, education, housing, and program administration. Members are required to live within King County.

The MCAAE is interested in learning your opinions about the needs of African American elders in Seattle and King County.


Who We Are

MCAAE members

What makes us unique?

  • We are an intermediary between the government and the community.
  • We are a Council of up to 12 members that advises City officials on policies, programs and services of benefit to older African Americans.
  • Council members reside in Seattle or in King County.
  • Each member is appointed by the Mayor to serve renewable two-year terms.
  • We periodically conduct public forums to solicit public comment, inform, and provide formal and informal comments and recommendations to the Mayor.

Council members reflect a broad range of professional and community experience and perspectives and seek to maintain the diversity and strength of the Council. More specifically, the Mayor seeks candidates who are active in Seattle and King County community affairs and have skills and experience in health care, research, fund development and public relations, and who have contacts in African American churches.

Participation on the Council requires a significant commitment. It includes attendance at monthly meetings and participation on at least one sub-committee. Council members also attend and participate in relevant public meetings and events. Council members are willing to serve without compensation.