2024 Women of Courage Award: National Council of Negro Women

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National Council of Negro Women

The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is an “organization of organizations” comprised of 330 campus and community-based sections and 33 national women’s organizations. The organization enlightens, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and their communities. Founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist, and for more than fifty years by the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height (President), NCNW has a rich history of empowerment.

Today, the NCNW programs are grounded in a foundation of critical concerns known as “NCNW Priorities.” The organization promotes education and encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability. NCNW also educates women about health, promotes healthcare access, and advocates for civic engagement, sound public policy, and social justice.

The National Council of Negro Women is an organization that promotes empowerment and unity among black women by providing programming and education.

We are happy to honor our local chapter.

A Statement From Our Local Rankin Mon-Valley Pittsburgh Chapter President: Cheryl McAbee, Esq.

Rankin is in our name, as we are proud that Dr. Dorothy Height, the longtime NCNW National President hailed from and graduated from Rankin High School. Our section’s jurisdictional territory spans Western Pennsylvania as we are the only section located here and one of five in Pennsylvania.

We are a dedicated group of women and men whose mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. We believe the need in 2024 is as great as when it was founded by Dr. Mary McCloud Bethune on December 5, 1935. Dr. Bethune founded this organization with the support of the leaders of 28 of the most notable Black women’s organizations.

On July 7, 2022, Mary McCloud Bethune became the first and only African American to have a statue placed in the Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol. NCNW’s programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as “Four for the Future.” NCNW promotes education, encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability, NCNW promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy and social justice and very importantly educates women about good health through our “Good Health Wins” program.

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