Extraordinary educator and political leader Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) founded NCNW in 1935 and envisioned it to be an "organization of organizations" that would represent the national and international concerns of Black women. It would also give Black women the opportunity to realize their goals for social justice and human rights through united, constructive action.
Today, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of 39 affiliated national African American women's organizations and over 240 sections - connecting nearly 4 million women worldwide!
Our mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. We fulfill our mission through research, advocacy and national and community-based health, education and economic empowerment services and programs in the United States and Africa. Through section and affiliate volunteers in 34 states, NCNW addresses local needs while impacting communities nationwide.
Our National Headquarters
Our national headquarters is based in Washington, DC, with a historic main office on Pennsylvania Avenue that is strategically located between the White House and the Capitol. We also have two field offices around the country. The national headquarters acts as a central source for program planning.
Some of NCNW's recent national and international programs include:
- The high-profile annual Black Family Reunion Program Celebration.
- A national obesity abatement initiative.
- A partnership with national women's organizations in Benin to deliver technology, literacy, microcredit and economic empowerment programs.
- A small business incubator program in Senegal.