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Section History

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The Washington Section was organized in 1943 under the leadership of Romaine Brown, 8 years after Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune founded NCNW as “an organization of organizations” to improve the quality of life for African American women, their families and their communities. The Washington Section is the first chartered section in Washington, DC. In 2023, we celebrated 80 years of advocacy, service, leadership, and excellence.

NCNW’s mission is to lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent. NCNW fulfills its mission through research, advocacy and national and community-based programs and services on the issues of health, education and economic empowerment. The Washington Section has been at the forefront of the mission, working to effect positive change by participating in the initiatives of the National organization over the years, such as Obesity Abatement, One Shared World Campaign to raise awareness about global poverty, African American Women - As We Age and Fit for Life to promote healthy living, and Decide. Create. Share, AARP’s national campaign dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of long-term care planning.


The Washington Section works tirelessly to support the local community through service and advocacy partnerships. Our dedicated members have organized economic & health awareness programs, educated and registered voters, supported local students, and marched for change for African American families.


Our commitment to this work will continue for years to come!

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