Adinkra symbol from Ghana that represents "Initiative"


“Service is the rent

we pay for the privilege

of living on this Earth.”

—Shirley Chisholm




Shirley Chisholm became the first African American to run
for a major party's nomination for President of the United States,
in the 1972 U.S. presidential election, making her also the first woman ever to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. 

Collective Work
Our Committees
 Budget Dr. Elizabeth Blackman,Ph.D, Chair
 Prepares, reviews, and develops a fiscally sound budget that 
will achieve balance between revenue and expenditures and 
inclusive of all financial obligations.

 Program Development Shirley Merritt, Chair
 Establishes educational plans and sets expectations for upcoming 
education/training workshops or events for women and youth. 
Strengthen Black women’s civic participation in grassroots advocacy 
campaigns and electoral process. 

Fundraising Shalena 'Shelly' Williams, Chair
 Develops relationships with major donors and funders and establishes 
strategies to cultivate and strengthen those relationships. Assist each 
committee in fundraising for their committees. 

Health Sherdina Williams, M.Ed, RN, LSN, Chair
 Provides ongoing education and awareness concerning health issues 
that impact African Americans with a primary focus on Post Traumatic 
Stress Disorder by coordinating our annual PTSD event, “Walk, Release, 
and Heal.”

 Legislation Delores Gray, Chair
 Review any alleged public policy or local ordinances that may be of threat 
to the quality of life and well-being of African American women and their 
families. Collaborate with other committees and/or community partners 
to promote civic involvement.

Membership Audrianna Rodriquez, Chair
 Establishes an annual goal to increase active, contributing members. 
Plan and coordinate mixers at various venues to raise awareness 


Education & Training Sharron Grant-Burton, Chair
 Introduces program ideas to the chapter. Assist executive board with 
conducting analysis of planned or suggested programs, services, and 
components. Ascertain whether the program is sound and corresponds 
with NCBW-GCC principles and bylaws. Ensures program 
evaluations are carried out to measure effectiveness.

Public Relations/Publicity Danelle Edwards, Chair
 Keep the public aware of the work of the chapter through frequent 
informative news releases and by other means. Prepare PSAs, and 
other marketing material both in written and electronic format.

 Sunshine Renee Williams Jackson, Chair
 Supports communication and personal touch/engagement with 
NCBWGCC members. The committee focuses on implementation of 
fun activities that build relationships, comradery, and teamwork to 
enhance the fellowship of the members.

 Youth Development Honey Bell-Bey, Chair
 Establishes a youth chapter to empower young people to create clear, 
purposeful, measurable, and attainable goals that positively affect their 
lives and positively influence the life choices of their peers. Conduct 
regular committee meetings to plan and coordinate Annual Scholarship Awards.

 Nominations and Elections Patricia Frost-Brooks, Chair
 Provides oversight to the nomination and election process of officers 
and executive board members. Review of leadership criteria and eligibility 
requirements for both nominated and elected general members and 
executive board members.







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