The National Council of Negro Women was the vision of educator and political leader Mary McLeod Bethune, who wanted to create an “organization of organizations” to represent the concerns of black women.
Now, more than 70 years later, the group is still going strong, with 39 affiliated national African American women’s groups and four million members worldwide.
The NCNW disseminates information about issues affecting black women and their families; promotes healthy lifestyles and behaviors through wellness projects; sponsors events that build on strengths and traditional values; offers career training, economic development and entrepreneurship programs; and provides mentoring and educational support to youth.
Founded in 1987 by Reva Anthony, the Queens County section of the NCNW works to increase opportunities and improve quality of life for black women throughout the borough.
The Queens NCNW chapter meets its goals through research, advocacy and national and community-based services, offering a host of programs in areas including health, education, the arts, mentoring, religion and economic development. But the organization is only as strong as the members that join.
“The Queens County section is a forceful united group with roots solidly in the ground, knowing that we are more than the keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters,” the group says in its literature.
This weekend the chapter will hold its annual Harambee luncheon, during which young people who have devoted their time to community service and excelled in athletics or academics will be honored.
The event will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 6 at Antun’s located at 96-43 Springfield Blvd. in Queens Village. For more information about the group or to buy tickets call (718) 527-9165.
— AnnMarie Costella