Greater Atlanta Section
NCNW’s mission is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this mission through research, advocacy, national and community-based services and programs in the United States and Africa.
On March 20, 2016, NCNW Greater Atlanta Section was chartered at Ben Hill United Methodist Church with 210 members, we became the largest Section in the 80-year history of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. to be chartered! Our chartering president was Diane Larche' and founding members included Averri Liggins, Economy Jackson, Cathy Moody and Derinda Thurmon. We were pleased to have our first state of Georgia President, Sharah Denton, National President Ingrid Saunders Jones, National Executive Director Janice Mathis, National Membership Director David Glenn and National Board Member and Membership Chair Lois Keith with us. Our member Rev. Bernice A. King brought greetings and our affiliate organization member Patricia Russell McCloud gave us our charge. Section Presidents from Rockdale-Newton, Dekalb and Valdosta Sections joined us for the celebration. The NCNW Greater Atlanta Section has chosen Sex Trafficking and Foster Care as our two issues of focus again this year. We work with Carrie Steele Pitts Home year-round holding trunk parties and sending care packages to students who are going off to college. We know we have a lot of work ahead of us and we are ready to meet the challenge!
Mrs. Bethune envisioned NCNW functioning as a clearinghouse, facilitating networking and coalition-building, and advocating the use of collective power on issues affecting women, their families and communities.
Through the years there has been growing appreciation and recognition of the value of a unified voice in the corridors of power. This has been expressed in different ways. What happens on Capitol Hill has direct bearing on the quality-of-life issues core to our community's survival and well-being, and our voices must continue to be heard loudly.