Organization

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) 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 50 years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy I. 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.