Katrina Thompson, President
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women: The Advocate for the Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment of Black Women
In the winter of 1970 in New York City, 24 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. As a result of their meetings, they formed the Coalition of 100 Black Women. 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. They boldly began to reach out to other Black women in common cause, and eventually, mobilized their emerging stature as a visible force of influence promoting gender and racial equity. In 1981, the New York Coalition had over 500 members throughout New York City’s metropolitan area, far in excess of the symbolic “100” in its title. Its effective role-model projects and its association with grass-roots community activity won notice in both local and national news media. As the Coalition gained recognition, Black women from other parts of the country aspired to duplicate its mission and programs in their own geographic areas. It was decided to create a national organization, to expand beyond the boundaries of New York City, and, accordingly, to include the term “National” in the original title. Black Women responded to the New York Coalition’s nationwide call to develop a leadership forum for professional Black women from the public and private sectors. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) was launched on October 24, 1981, with representatives from 14 states and the District of Columbia, and selected Jewell Jackson McCabe as its first national president.
The mission of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., is to advocate on behalf of Black women and girls in the areas of leadership development and around gender equity issues of health, education and economic empowerment.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., Memphis Chapter was organized in 1982 by a group of Memphis women after attending the National conference in New York in October 1981. Memphis became a founding charter member in the history of the organization. The major objective of the NCBW is to empower all women, specifically Black women and girls, so that a positive and enduring change can manifest itself in their lives and the communities in which they live. Since its inception, the members in Memphis have included women between the ages of 21 to 79+ with backgrounds of elected officials, educators, entrepreneurs, business owners, professionals, and retirees.
Black women and girls will live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.
We believe in…
• Gender equity
• Racial & social justice
• Integrity & accountability
• Economic empowerment
NCBW Advocacy Agenda
• Economic Empowerment
• Strategic Alliances
• Civic Engagement
The Purpose of the Coalition is to:
Foster principles of equal rights and opportunities;
Promote the awareness of Black culture;
Develop the potential of the membership for effective leadership and participation in civic affairs;
Take action on specific local, national and international issues of importance, and
Cooperate with other persons and organizations to achieve mutual goals.
WHEREAS, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women has been created to establish a leadership forum for black women from all geopolitical and socioeconomic groups whose overall mission is to provide a national and international medium through which they can develop, initiate and implement action plans designed to pursue social, economic and political gains;
WHEREAS, such plans of action will defend the social, economic and political gains made through other efforts, and will pursue new ways of extending those gains nationally and internationally for the Black community;
WHEREAS, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women will be a nationally significant voice for Black women collectively to speak to issues at local, national and international levels and to seek proper recognition for the organization commensurate with its achievements;
WHEREAS, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women will organize and expand our communications and informational systems to aid us in achieving our respective goals and to facilitate the pursuit of our common concerns;
WHEREAS, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women recognizes the evolving demands upon Black women as they address their changing roles in relationship to their families, careers, the civic and political arenas and the international community;
WHEREAS, the 14 million Black females of America represent the potential for making a powerful impact upon the quality of life for all Americans;
BE IT RESOLVED, THEREFORE, that on this day, October 24, 1981, we, the members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, dedicate our unsurpassed strengths, abilities and spirit to advancement on familial, social, economic, and political fronts, as we direct ourselves toward both the immediate challenges and those of every tomorrow in this and the 21st century.
2018 – 2020 Board of Directors – NCBW Memphis Chapter
Katrina Thompson, President
Tarshian Moon, 1st Vice President of Programs
Deborah Rivers, 2nd Vice President of Finance/Fund Development
Wendy Jackson, 3rd Vice President for Membership and Chapter Development
Cynthia Webster Johnson, Recording Secretary
Candace Clemons Sneed, Financial Secretary
Enette Hayes, Treasurer
Charlotte Bush, Parliamentarian
Leslie Smith-Thomas, Director, Health Programs
Joy Brown, Director, Education Programs
Milnetrice Thomas, Director, Economic Empowerment
Jackie Smith, Director, Public Policy
Rhonnie Brewer and Faith Smith, Directors, Public Relations
Lolita Jackson and Charie Carroll, Historians
Marilyn Whitney, Chaplain
Brinders Jones, Sergeant-At-Arms
Iletha Washington, Immediate Past President