Indianapolis Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Indianapolis Section National Council of Negro Women, Inc.

About Us — Who We Are…Where We've Been…

NCNW has helped to spearhead efforts such as

  • Abolition of child labor:
  • Upgrading household employment;
  • Opening doors to opportunities in employment in all phases of community life; and
  • Preparing women for business opportunities.

In the 1960s:

NCNW took a leadership role in the movement for human and civil rights. Through “Wednesdays in Mississippi,” we build bridges of support and provided the critically needed “womanpower” to get things done. NCNW organized a strong base of community women to give poor, black, rural and urban women economic alternatives – using a self-help model to establish “pig” banks to feed the hungry, silk-screening factories to employ the unemployed, housing for lower income families, and day care centers for working families.


In the 1970s:

NCNW mobilized its constituency to establish the Bethune Memorial in Washington’s Lincoln Park – the first monument to an African American or to a woman of any race on public land in the Nation’s Capital. NCNW initiated the International Division – working with women’s organizations in Southern Africa.


In the 1980s:

NCNW became the nation’s leading advocate for the value traditions of the black family by building the National Black Family Reunion Celebration into a mega event in 8 cities that has attracted over 12 million people.


In the 1990s:

NCNW stepped forward to take leadership in eldercare, women’s health, including the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and population and sustainable development issues.


In the 2000s: 

NCNW is leading the discussion in education, community and national leadership, and advocacy.  


Through its 38 affiliated national member organizations and 252 community-based sections, NCNW has an outreach to over four million women in 42 states. In addition to 7 domestic field offices, NCNW maintains 3 international field offices in Dakar, Senegal; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Cairo, Egypt.



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