History of NCNW

Our Mission

The mission of the National Council of Negro Women is to advance opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families, and communities. NCNW fulfills this mission through research, advocacy, national and community based services and programs in the U.S. and the African countries.

Our Message

Consistent with our founder, Mary McLeod Bethune's, vision, NCNW serves as a national "organization of organizations" to extend the collective power and leadership of African American women. 


Bethune/Height Recognition Program video 

Our Method

NCNW translates its philosophy of public education, community service, and advocacy through activities designed to: 

  • Disseminate information about issues affecting the well-being of African American women and their families;
  • Promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors through health promotion and disease prevention projects;
  • Promote community empowerment and self­ help programs in the African American community;
  • Train women and youth for community participation and leadership.

Make a Difference Today!

Our rich past sustains us – and our combined determination helps us to take on the challenges that we face today. There is still so much more to be done to open the door of opportunity for African American women and those we love. Your support is critical to our ability to be successful.Thank you for your contribution to the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. We are most grateful for your commitment and support of our organization.

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