Call for Nominations
As you know, the 56th National Convention of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will convene August 20-23, 2014 at the Gaylord National Hotel Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD. In accordance with our National Bylaws, NCNW officers, Executive Committee and Nominating Committee members are to be elected for a two-year term and/or re-elected for a succeeding two-year term at the convention. This includes:
- Vice Chairs (3)
- Young Adult Vice Chair (1)
- Recording Secretary
- Assistant Recording Secretary
- At-Large Members (7)
- Nominating Committee Members (Up to 10)
CLICK HERE for the complete "Call for Nominations"
CLICK HERE for the official nomination form and eligibility criteria.
CLICK HERE for the description of duties for officers.
"Next to God we are indebted to women,
first for life itself,
and then for
making it worth living."
- Mary McLeod Bethune
On this July 10, we celebrate the birthday, life and legacy of National Council of Negro
Women Founder Mary McLeod Bethune!
Born in Mayesville, SC on July 10, 1875, Mary Jane McLeod would become one of the most influential women in American history. An extraordinary educator, civil rights leader and government official, she had a passion to serve others and educate the less fortunate.
Early in her career, she opened the Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls in 1904. The school would later become Bethune Cookman College.
She became the first African American woman to head a federal division when she was appointed to Director of the Division of Negro Affairs for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a position in which she helped countless young people find jobs. Dr. Bethune served a total of four presidents.
Dr. Bethune famously said, "Without faith, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible." It was her unshakable faith and vision that allowed her to form NCNW on December 5, 1935. Next year will mark the 80th anniversary of NCNW, an organization Dr. Bethune described as "an organization of organizations."
It was her mission for NCNW to represent the national and international concerns of Black women and provide a platform to advocate for social justice, human rights and economic equality for all.
Written by Dr. Bethune, our pledge reads thusly: It is our pledge to make a lasting contribution to all that is finest and best in America, to cherish and enrich her heritage of freedom and progress by working for the integration of all her people regardless of race, creed, or national origin, into her spiritual, social, cultural, civic, and economic life, and thus aid her to achieve the glorious destiny of a true and unfettered democracy.
As we approach NCNW's 56th National Convention, I am calling all members to reconnect and recommit to the vision and purpose of the organization Mary McLeod Bethune founded almost 80 years ago. Join us August 20-23, 2014 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. Register online here or download the pdf by clicking here.
Thank you, Dr. Bethune, for all that you have given to us as we strive to forever honor your legacy and the mission of our beloved NCNW.
Ingrid Saunders Jones
National Chair, NCNW
Chair's Message on the State of the Organization 2013