Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough. -  Mary McLeod Bethune

M-B Section  NCNW, Inc.

P.O. Box 6037, Largo, MD 20792

​​Commitment, Unity and Self Reliance

Mitchellville-Bowie Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.


I was inspired by Mary McLeod Bethune, not only to be concerned but to use whatever talent I had to be of some service in the community. 

Dr. Dorothy Irene Height


I leave you love…I leave you hope…I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another…I leave you a thirst for education…I leave you a respect for the use of power…I leave you faith.                       Mary McLeod Bethune


Lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.

Our Beginnings

Extraordinary educator, political leader, and child of slave parents, Mary McLeod Bethune founded NCNW in 1935 and envisioned it to be an "organization of organizations" that would represent the national and international concerns of Black women.

Today, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is a council of 39 affiliated national African American women's organizations and over 240 sections connecting nearly 4 million women worldwide!

Our Mission

Our mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills our mission through research, advocacy and national and community-based health, education and economic empowerment services and programs in the United States and Africa.

NCNW reaches nearly 4 million women through our affiliates, sections and activities such as:

  • Disseminating information about issues affecting African American women and their families.
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles and behaviors through wellness projects.
  • Sponsoring events, such as the Black Family Reunion Celebration, to build on strengths and traditional values.
  • Training and supporting women and youth in career development and community leadership.
  • Supporting economic development and entrepreneurship.
  • Providing mentoring and educational support to our young people.

Centrally organized to fill the gaps in our communities, NCNW calls on a core of volunteers in 34 states to address local needs.   We have truly united to enhance our power for the benefit of African and African American women and their families.
Since our founding, NCNW has focused on fulfilling our mission by launching programs that provide critical services to women, children and families.

Our National Headquarters

Our national headquarters is based in Washington, DC, with a historic main office on Pennsylvania Avenue that is located between the White House and the Capitol. The national headquarters acts as a central source for program planning.

About - NCNW