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Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley now carries the torch as NCNW's inaugural president and chief executive officer.

Assisting in steering NCNW's visionary course, Dr. A. Lois Keith serves as the chair of the Board of Directors.


The inception of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) in 1935 marked a pivotal moment, orchestrated by the visionary Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. A distinguished educator and staunch advocate for women of African descent, Bethune's fervent dedication lay in bolstering families and communities.


Her legacy was continued by one of her accomplished successors, Dr. Dorothy I. Height, who steered the NCNW for an impressive span of 40 years. Height's tenure was defined by her unwavering focus on addressing the multifaceted challenges faced by African American women, spanning from unemployment and illiteracy to voter awareness.

At its core, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune's vision was to establish a cohesive haven for existing women's groups within the Black community. The NCNW stands as an "organization of organizations,” unifying 330 campus and community-based sections along with thirty-three national women's organizations that enlightens, inspires, and connects more than two million women and men.

The foundation of our efforts lies in the "NCNW Priorities." We promote education, nurture entrepreneurship, champion healthcare access, drive civic engagement, and advocate for social justice and sound policies.

The NCNW stands as a testament to Dr. Bethune's vision and Dr. Height's leadership, steadfastly working across sectors for empowerment and positive change.


Continuing this legacy,







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