The mission of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.



The following is found on the first page of the NCNW Bylaws – the purpose is to:

  • Unite non-profit national organizations of women in a council of national organizations primarily concerned with the welfare of Negro women;
  • Promote unity among women’s national organizations and among all women and girls in matters affecting the educational, cultural, economic, social, and spiritual life in America;
  • Build a common fellowship of women devoted to the task of developing creative
    relations among people at home and aboard; and
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of information concerning the activities of
    organized women.



Founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), has become one of the prominent driving forces behind research, advocacy, national and community-based services and programs in the United States and Africa.

Bethune called upon leaders [from different African American women’s groups] to create a cohesive body that would express the concerns and beliefs of African American women in regard to national and international affairs. Fourteen organizations sent delegates to the founding meeting of the NCNW, and the organization has since grown to represent more than 35 national and 250 community affiliations; more than four million women are associated with the NCNW. (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2017.)

Today, the National Council of Negro Women is a coalition comprised of more than 200 community-based sections in 32 states and 38 national organizational affiliates that work to enlighten and inspire more than 3,000,000 women and men.

For more information, please visit the national website http://ncnw.org/.