The National Council of Negro Women



The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) was founded in 1935 by Mary McLeod Bethune, child of slave parents, distinguished educator and government consultant. Mrs. Bethune saw the need for harnessing the power and extending the leadership of African American women through a national organization.

NCNW is an "organization of organizations" and serves as a clearing house for the activities of women. From the beginning, women of all racial and cultural backgrounds were included and welcomed to work together. Mrs. Bethune described "...the need for a united organization of women to open doors for our young women, united so that when it speaks, its power will be felt."


NCNW is a voluntary non profit [501(c)(3] membership organization with the mission to advance the 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 United States and Africa. With its 38 national affiliate organizations and its more than 200 community based sections, NCNW has an outreach to nearly four million women, all contributing to the peaceful solutions to the problems of human welfare and rights.


NCNW translates its philosophy of public education, community service and advocacy through activities designed to promote a number of benefits for our constituents including:

The national office of NCNW acts as a central source for program planning and seeks to fill the gaps that exist in our communities. Through its core of volunteers in 34 states, NCNW addresses local needs through organized strategies to bring the added support of a network of thousands of women whose collective efforts enhance community service and actions.


It is our pledge to make a lasting contribution to all that is finest and best America, to cherish and enrich her heritage of freedom and progress by working for the integration of all her people, regardless of race, creed, or national origin into her spiritual, social, cultural and civic life, and thus aid her and achieve the glorious destiny of a true and unfettered democracy.

President: Dorothy I. Height

Contact Information

The National Council of Negro Women

National Headquarters

633 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, D.C. 20004

(202) 737-0120

(202) 737- 0476 (fax)