Our Purpose

To advocate and lobby for a brighter future for all women and girls of color. To foster principles of equal rights and opportunities. To support and promote awareness of African-American culture. To develop the potential of the membership for effective leadership and participation in civic affairs. To take action on specific issues of national and international importance. To collaborate with other persons and organizations to achieve mutual goals

Our Vision

The Vision of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is to see black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.  

Our Mission

The Mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is to advocate on behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment.

National History

In the winter of 1970 in New York City, a handful of Black women, led by visionary Edna Beach, began meeting in their homes to assess the problems and opportunities left behind in the wake of the turbulent 1960s. For the rest of the 1970s, they slowly but persistently worked to master root causes of issues that affected their families, their communities and themselves. Naming themselves the Coalition of 100 Black Women, they boldly began to reach out to other Black women in a common cause and eventually mobilized their emerging stature as a visible force of influence. By the beginning of the next decade, that influence had become a national movement.

On October 24, 1981, representatives from 14 states and the District of Columbia founded the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW). They responded to the New York Coalition’s nationwide call to develop a leadership forum for professional Black women from the public and private sectors. That call resulted in a network of Black women who joined together to meet the personal and professional needs of the contemporary Black woman, the needs of her community, and her access to mainstream America.

Today, the national movement has garnered more than 6,000 members over the years throughout 60 chapters representing 25 states and the District of Columbia.  In profile, the typical Coalition woman has completed college, holds a professional position, earns a median income of $40,000, is 40 to 50 years of age, and is integrally involved in the socioeconomic and political matrix of her respective community.