The Vision




Adinkra symbol from Ghana that represents "Intelligence"


We envision a community where all Black females are nurtured and empowered to dedicate their time, talents and resources to ensuring they are at the decision-making table, a part of the conversation, to address issues that impact Black women, their families and communities.



In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the
United States Congress, representing New York's 12th congressional district, a district centered on Bedford-Stuyvesant,
for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.

The National Congress of Black Women Headquartered in the nation’s capital, The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) is a nonprofit organization founded by the late former United States Congresswoman Shirley Chislom and the first African American female US Secretary 
of State C. Delores Tucker more than 30 years ago. Under the current leadership of 
Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esquire, NCBW continues to fulfill the vision of its founders by 
serving as a nonpartisan voice and instrument on issues pertaining to the appointment 
of women at all levels of government and to increase minority women’s participation 
in the educational, political, economic, and social arenas. The purposes of NCBW are to: 
• Serve as a non-partisan voice and instrument for election and appointment 
 of African-American women at all levels of government. 
 • Encourage Black women to engage in non-partisan leadership activities 
 within the educational, economic, social and political arenas.
 • Engage in research and fact-finding on critical issues uniquely affecting 
 the quality of life of Black women.
 • Participate in the development of policies, platforms and strategies 
 of political parties that address the needs and aspirations of the Black community. • Encourage the parity appointment of Black women at all levels of the party structure.
 • Develop and advocate public policy positions, which advance the educational, 
 economic, social and political interest of Black women, their families and communities.
 • Engage Black women in voter registration, political education, forums and 
 seminars to better project their concerns in the public arena.
 • Provides training and internships at national, state and local levels to enable 
 members and young people to gain the knowledge required to understand, operate 
 and participate within the educational, economic, social and political arenas. 

 The National Congress of Black Women 
Greater Cleveland Chapter (NCBW-GCC) 
formed on September 18, 2016 during NCBW’s 32nd Annual Awards Brunch 
 at the Gaylord Conference Center, in National Harbor, 
 Maryland. Then, on Saturday, October 8, 2016, the 
 Chapter partnered with national and state organizations 
 to host a meeting with Black women leaders to hear 
 and discuss the latest information on Black Voter 
 Messaging and the Black Women’s Roundtable 
 Essence Report of Black Women. The NCBW-GCC held a chapter reception to install its inaugural officers on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Murtis Taylor Multi-Purpose Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Those officers included: Marcia McCoy, 1st. vice president; Meredith Turner, 2nd vice president; Tia Divine, 3rd. vice president; Wendolyn Grant, treasurer; Pamela Gray-Mason, corresponding secretary; Shallanna Davis, recording secretary; Juanita Gowdy, chaplin; and Virginia Robinson-White, sergeant of arms. Since then, we have awarded $5000 in scholarship dollars to Northeast Ohio graduates and hosted three annual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Walks. Today, the NCBW-GCC members are even more tenacious and focused on developing and advocating public policy positions on matters such as the preschool to prison pipeline, access to healthcare, healthy food, and equal rights as well as engaging Black women in non-partisan leadership activities and building tomorrow’s leaders with active roles for younger members and officers.

Ruth I. Gray
Founder of NCBW-GCC

and President Emeritus







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