Simply CONNECT and REPRESENT.
+ Connect a national network of marketing and ad pros to professional enrichment, cultural support, and most importantly, to each other.
+ Champion the inclusive and authentic representation of African Americans in marketing and advertising.
INCLUSION. Continue the narrative around the necessity to formulate brand growth strategies inclusive of African Americans.
REPRESENT. Champion the importance of African American talent and agencies to fairly and accurately depict the people culture.
COMMUNITY. Offer marketing and advertising pros support as they navigate the complexities of corporate life in the industry.
THE CULTURE. Celebrate the rhythm of black culture by highlighting the people, brands, and campaigns that Represent.
“Black people are not dark-skinned white people. ”
Tom burrell | Founder - Burrell communications group
It’s been more than 65 years since Moss Kendrix became the first African American marketing specialist for Coca-Cola. In 1953 the face of advertising changed with Coca-Cola’s African American lifestyle ad in Ebony magazine. Then in 1971, Tom Burrell and Emmett McBain ushered in multicultural marketing as we know it. The ad agency now known as Burrell Communications Group continues to be a go-to powerhouse for brands wanting to tap the African American consumer market.
Despite buying power over $1 trillion, the conversation continues to establish African Americans as a viable market worthy of dedicated talent and ad spending. As 14% of the U.S. population, and trendsetters shaping popular culture around the globe; African Americans remain underrepresented within the industry, creative and in media spending.
FAAAM exists to amplify the collective voices of African Americans within the industry to move the needle forward. We believe in marketing’s ability to empower, inspire and influence, not only consumer behavior, but humanity toward compassion and understanding.
REPRESENTATION is where it starts.