Founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) played an important role in the struggle for human and civil rights. As the largest and most enduring organization of and for African American women, the NCNW organized a nationwide network of African American women’s organizations and pushed them “to collect, interpret, and disseminate information” about African American women’s activities. Frustrated by the glut of comparable organizations that were either all white or predominantly white, Bethune sought a larger voice for herself and her associates in the national discussion. She encouraged NCNW’s members “to develop competent and courageous leadership among Negro women and effect their integration and that of all Negro people into the . . . life of their communities.”

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