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President's Welcome

WELCOME and thank you for visiting our site to learn more about the Washington Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. With our work in the community, we strive to fulfill the mission of our beloved organization to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. The mission and purpose for why NCNW was founded has been ever evolving and is still relevant today. Our service is focused on the healing and social justice changes needed in our society. We also must fight against the racial and judicial inequalities that continue against persons of color.

During my tenure as President, our Section learned how to pivot our operations as we faced a global pandemic. We had to learn how to still come together to plan, organize and structure our work in the community while keeping one another safe. The phenomenal, dedicated, intergenerational women of the Washington Section have grown stronger collectively and individually while continuing to execute our programs and initiatives.

Despite the challenges that plague us as a society, we have so much to celebrate! This past year marked 80 years of service in our community, “Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Present, Transforming our Future.” Your support allows us to continue our advocacy and work for change and progress in our beloved community. This work includes our “Spirit of Bethune” student section at the Washington School for Girls; adoption of Hendley Elementary School in Ward 8, Southeast Washington, DC; the “Focused on My Future” annual scholarships to graduating seniors; and other civic engagement, social activism, and women’s empowerment work in our communities.

We hope you explore our site to learn more about us and consider joining our Section to serve Washington, DC and the surrounding area.


In service,

Lori M. Hawkins

Washington Section, NCNW, Inc.

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