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This year we celebrate our 32nd Anniversary of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. Yes, initially, we were known as the National Political Congress of Black Women, Inc.; however, when we decided to involve ourselves to make a difference in more than politics, we became a 501 ©(3) non-profit for the purpose of handling all matters for helping, supporting and protecting Black women and our families. We were especially interested in the images portrayed in the media about Black women, and wanted to define ourselves.

We are still doing that!

Thirty-two years ago, we began holding a brunch on the Sunday morning following the Congressional Black Caucus for the purpose of honoring women and men who are good brothers for the great work they do in advancing1st lady, artis, sojourner our community.

Some of the awards we give are for professional accomplishments. Some are for community service. We believe both are important. We are the organization that brought TRUTH to the Capitol! In April of 2009, a beautiful memorial bust of Sojourner Truth was unveiled in Emancipation Hall—the Capitol Visitors’ Center. We chose to honor Sojourner for the work she did in abolishing slavery and in gaining the right to vote for all women. Our First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, unveiled the memorial for us. Cicely Tyson performed the “Ain’t I A Woman” speech. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (our House and Senate key sponsors) spoke for the event. Additionally, Artis Lane, the creator of the magnificent sculpture celebrated them moment with us—as did hundreds of people from all walks of life. With the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm and the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker as our founding Co-Chairs, we have had some mighty big shoes to fill in carrying on their work. The lessons they taught us serve us well as we continue to grow. Though both had passed away by 2009 when we unveiled Sojourner Truth, their memory lives with us in all that we do.

In just a couple of years after completing the memorial, making Sojourner Truth the first Black woman to have a memorial in the U.S. Capitol, we were able to purchase our organization’s own office. We have grown from six active local affiliates to over 100, and we are still growing! Some of our many educational and advocacy programs include College for Kids, Young Ambassadors, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, Mentoring, and one of our signature programs started by Dr. Tucker is Presidential Appointments.  Working with Transition and White House Presidential Executive Staff, NCBW identifies, promotes and recommends highly qualified  candidates for appointment to key posts within the government.  NCBW also is instrumental in advancing Voter Registration and Get-Out the Vote activities and more. Though many of our members have higher education and professional credentials, we have room for and welcome all women who come to the organization with positive attitude and a willingness to work and make a difference!

Our annual national brunch this year will be held:

WHEN:  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2016

TIME:  10 am to 1 PM Eastern Time

WHERE:  NATIONAL GAYLORD RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745 (301) 965-4000.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online; you may mail checks or money orders to 1250 4th Street, SW, Suite WG-1, Washington, DC 20024 or you may call 202/678-6788 for assistance.  Our event is always sold out, so we urge those who plan to attend to get tickets early.  We look forward to seeing you at the brunch.

Karen McRae

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    • LaSean Rinique

      I look forward to this!!!!

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      • Dr. E. Faye Williams

        Great hearing from you. Look forward to seeing you at the brunch.

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