National Congress of Black Women

Being a Catalyst for Change


Sunday, September 20th, 2020 3 PM est

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IN THE NEWS NCBW Fought hard for this day to come into reality.
Democratic and Republican leaders gathered at the U.S. Capitol Tuesday to unveil a sculpture of the famous nineteenth century abolitionist and former slave Sojourner Truth.  Truth, considered a crusader for women’s rights as well, is the first black woman to be honored with a bust at the U.S. Capitol.  

The Foundation

The National Congress of Black Women’s founding chairs were Shirley Chisholm and Dr. C. Delores Tucker. Shirley Chisholm was an educator, author, and politician. She became the first African American woman elected in Congress in 1968 and in 1972, became the first African American woman to make a serious bid to run for President of the United States. Dr. C. Delores Tucker was the first African American woman to serve as Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth, and the first African-American woman to serve as secretary of a U.S. state government. The current National Chair is Dr. EFaye Williams, Esq.

The Founding Members; Hon. C. DeLores Tucker, Convening Founder Hon. Shirley Chisholm, Chair Emeritus Rev. Willie Barrow Lezli Baskerville, Esq. Dr. Mary Berry Hon. Cardiss Collins Dr. Dorothy I. Height Hon. Alexis Herman Hon. Charlene Drew Jarvis Mrs. Coretta Scott King Hon. Gloria Lawlah Hon. Hilda Mason Ms. Jewell Jackson McCabe Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton Hon. Wilhelmina J. Rolark, Esq. Hon.Mary Terrell, Esq. Ms. Pat Tyson Hon. Shirley Wilcher Hon. Nadine Winter

(NCBW) (formerly, National Political Congress of Black Women)


Cicely Tyson Performing “Anit I a Woman???”
U.S. actress Cicely Tyson re-enacted Truth’s most famous speech, delivered to a women’s convention in 1851. In it, Truth challenged the notion that men are superior to women. “Look at me! Look at my arms! I have ploughed and planted and gathered into barns,” Tyson said. “And no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman?”

Where We Make A Difference

The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a (501) (c) (3) nonprofit organization. NCBW serves as a nonpartisan voice of advocacy on issues affecting the appointment of women at all levels of government with a goal to increase the participation of women of color in the educational, political, economic, and social arenas.

With headquarters in Washington, DC and more than 100 chapters throughout the United States, our goal at NCBW is to provide women at all societal levels with the tools they need to succeed in five program areas: growing women’s networks, improving women’s health, youth education, entrepreneurship and access to technology.

NCBW built a vision of serving as a nonpartisan voice to advocate for issues often neglected in communities of color; immigration reform, domestic violence prevention, human trafficking, housing, and recognizing a culture of people with disabilities.

NCBW’s programs benefit thousands of people annually and we work with many organizations that represent varying ethnic backgrounds. With a  focus on science, technology, engineering and math, NCBW youth education programs offer educational scholarships, mentoring and leadership development. We reach students of color in underserved communities, offering college based learning programs, college preparation services,  access to technology; and by providing resources to compete in the workforce. Current programs include: College for Kids, College for Teens, Leadership Training, the Commission for the Presidential Appointment of Minority Women and The Young Ambassadors Program, to name a few.

The NCBW Entrepreneurial Women’s Initiative and Women’s Networks initiative develop entrepreneurs and business leaders. Our programs build skills. We ensure career advancement. We foster economic and business sector overviews through networking, financial presentations to guide smart investments and coaching from the political, business and professional sectors. Through Identifying and deploying high-impact technologies that accelerate women’s economic advancement, we help entrepreneurs scale up financial inclusion and guide smart investments.

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