The National Congress of Black Women, Inc

shirley chisholm
Shirley Chisholm

The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) was founded in 1984 by women who felt that Black women were not being represented well in the political process.  One of the founders and the organization’s first National Chair was Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm (D, NY-12), the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Congress and the first Black woman to run for president in 1972.  Chisholm and the other founders wanted the NCBW to be an organization that could serve as a nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment of African American women at all levels of government and to increase African American women’s participation in the educational, political, economic, and social arenas.   

Today, the NCBW continues to fulfill the vision of its founders and provides opportunities for women for leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.







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