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The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of national African American women’s organizations and community-based sections. NCNW was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. The mission of NCNW is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, and national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education, and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. With its 39 national affiliates and more than 240 sections, NCNW is a 501(c)3 organization with an outreach to nearly four million women.
NCNW translates its philosophy of public education, community service and advocacy into activities designed to promote a number of benefits for our constituents including:
- Promoting and recognizing leadership among women of color
- Championing civil and human rights
- Reducing health disparities
- Celebrating and strengthening the African American family
- Supporting economic development and entrepreneurship
- Providing mentoring and educational support to our young people
The national office of NCNW acts as a central source for program planning and seeks to fill the gaps that exist in our communities. Through its core of volunteers in 34 states, NCNW addresses local needs through organized strategies to bring the added support of a network of thousands of women whose collective efforts enhance community service and actions.
It is our pledge to make a lasting contribution to all that is finest and best in America, to cherish and enrich her heritage of freedom and progress by working for the integration of all her people regardless of race, creed, or national origin, into her spiritual, social, cultural, civic and economic life, and thus aid her to achieve the glorious destiny of a true and unfettered democracy.