The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

The National Council of Negro Women is a coalition comprised of 200 community-based sections in 32 states and 38 national organizational affiliates that works to enlighten and inspire more than 3,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities. NCNW was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, influential educator and activist. For more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW. Today, under the leadership of Dr Johnnetta Betsch Cole, NCNW’s programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as “Four for the Future”. NCNW promotes education with a concentrated focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability; educates women about good mental and physical health practices; promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy consistent with traditional values.

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Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole

A Reason to Give Thanks Everyday

There is something very meaningful about receiving a Thanksgiving message after Thanksgiving Day is over. It is a reminder that we should give thanks every day of our lives, not just on a day called Thanksgiving ...

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President Cole & Director Mathis interviewed on Malveaux!


National NCNW News

This Is Why We Vote

Civic engagement to influence public policy is central to the work of NCNW. ...

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Experts Address Internet Policy

As a national organization with a powerhouse ...

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We’ve come a long way

Black women could do more together than a part ...

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