1935 December 6

National Council of Negro Women Formed


Mary McLeod Bethune, an African-American adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt and a friend to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, brought together representatives of 28 different organizations to found the National Council of Negro Women on this day. Its predecessor, the National Association of Colored Women, was founded in 1896.

The first headquarters of the NCNW is now a National Historic Site (see below). The organization is still active today. Its mission is “to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.”

For Bethune’s report to the Roosevelt administration on the conditions of Negro Youth in the Depression, see January 18, 1937. A statue in honor of Bethune was erected in Washington, DC on July 10, 1974.

Go to the National Council’s web site: http://www.ncnw.org/

Watch a documentary on the National Council of Negro Women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Mgzc3TLE4

Visit the NCNW National Historic Site in Washington: http://www.nps.gov/mamc/index.htm

Learn about the NCNW at the Smith College “Agents of Social Change” site:

Learn more about Bethune at the National Women’s History Museum: https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/mary-mcleod-bethune/

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