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!
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.