The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

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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. Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones was elected Chair of NCNW in 2012, ushering in a new era of progress and growth for the organization. Today, NC NW’s programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as “Four for the Futu re”. NCNW promotes education with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability; educates women about good health and HIV/AIDS; promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy consistent with traditional values.

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Ingrid Saunders Jones

National Chair/President, Executive Committee

Dear NCNW Members and Friends:

It is my privilege to welcome you to NCNW’s Internet Home Page.  Our organization was formed more than eighty years ago by Mary McLeod Bethune and NCNW’s mission remains as relevant today as it was in 1935.  Black women still need a unified voice to address the economic, social cultural and spiritual needs of their families and communities.

I want to thank our board, affiliates, state and community leaders for your support of NCNW and your enthusiasm for our mission.  NCNW’s affiliates have combined membership of nearly three million women and men.  Our community-based sections operate through approximately 200 sections in 31 states with more than 25,000 members.  I appreciate the vote of confidence that you have placed in me and the executive committee to build on NCNW’s proud legacy of social uplift, economic security and moral courage.  Together, we pledge to carry out the mandate to govern responsibly and continue to strengthen our organizational structure.

We invite you to visit the website often to get the latest reports on our progress.  I urge you to affirm your faith in each other and our cause as we work toward the goals of universal equality, justice and freedom.


Dr. Dorothy Irene Height

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height
The Life and Surprising Times of Dr. Dorothy Height

Many recognize the face of the 90-year-old, soft-spoken woman known for her hats who has been a part of the struggle for civil and human rights for women and people of color ...

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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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We’ve come a long way

Though we’ve come a long way, we will never forget our perilous past because ...

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