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NCBW's commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.

About Us

Our History

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 these meetings, the ladies formed the Coalition of 100 Black Women. For the rest of the 1970s, they slowly and 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 causes, and eventually, mobilized their emerging stature as a visible force of influence promoting gender and racial equity.

Today, NCBW consists of thousands of progressive women of African descent who represent 60 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia and whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.


The Mission

Its mission is to advocate on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NCBW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.


To meet the diverse needs of its members, NCBW implements programs that:

  - provide an effective network among Black women
  - establish links between NCBW and the corporate and political sectors
  - enable Black women to be a visible force in the socioeconomic arena
  - meet the career needs of these women and facilitate their access to mainstream America

use the tools of role modeling and mentoring to provide meaningful guidance to young women
  - recognize the historic and current achievements of Black women

The NCBW governs its membership and accounts for chapter operations under its 501(c)(4) status. It promotes its advocacy and related program activity under the NCBW/Community Services Fund (CSF), its 501(c)(3) partner.

In l998, our advocacy agenda expanded its reach to include other women of color - Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino and Native American.

The Knoxville Chapter began with Rose Foster and Charlotte McKee bringing women of color in Knoxville together approximately 6 years ago.


Delores Mitchell was our sponsor as we recruited our friends and family members to join us. We submitted our request for charter in May 2012 and were approved in July 2012.

We received our charter during a formal induction ceremony held in October 2012. We were chartered with 36 women and hope to have at least 50 by September 2015.


Our goal is to advocate for women of color in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment with specific emphasis on educating women in our community about HIV/AIDS.

Since being chartered in 2012, we have partnered with the Faith Coalition, Positively Living, and the Knoxville Health Department to educate individuals about HIV/AIDS with the goal of eradicating it in our communities.

Recently we sponsored a Financial Literacy Seminar targeting individuals whose income is minimum wage and above. The intent is to set the stage for them to understand that saving small and making simple sacrifices around "habits" can render great financial benefits over time.

Denim and Diamonds is a fundraiser to support our HIV/AIDS initiative. It is an event that allows individuals to dress in the moment and still have a good time.

This event includes an auction, HIV/AIDS information, line dancing instructions and other activities.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and view our calendar for information about our annual Denim and Diamonds events.

General Information

What is Periscope?
Periscope is a live-streaming application that makes it easy to broadcast messages or have video conversations through your iPhone or Android. For more information or to download, click here.

Periodically, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Knoxville Chapter will have an event or information session and use this tool to do a live stream that you can view from your mobile device. To information, follow on on Twitter for announcements and view our calendar of events.


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We are a non-profit organization and your donation may be tax deductible as specified by the law.