You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
— Michelle Obama

Mission focused.

Our mission to advocate on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote the NCBW agenda on leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. 

Over 40 years of action.

In the winter of 1970 in New York City, 24 Black women, led by visionary Edna Beach, began meeting in their homes to assess the problems and opportunities left behind in the wake of the turbulent 1960s.  As a result of these meetings, the ladies formed the Coalition of 100 Black Women. For the rest of the 1970s, they slowly and persistently worked to master root causes of issues that affected their families, their communities and themselves. They boldly began to reach out to other Black women in common causes, and eventually, mobilized their emerging stature as a visible force of influence promoting gender and racial equity.

Today, NCBW consists of thousands of progressive women of African descent who represent 60 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia and whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.

Knoxville roots.

The Knoxville Chapter began with Rose Foster and Charlotte McKee bringing women of color in Knoxville together in 2012. Delores Mitchell was our sponsor as we recruited our friends and family members to join us. We submitted our request for charter in May 2012 and were approved in July 2012.  We received our charter during a formal induction ceremony held in October 2012, and were chartered with 36 women.

Aligning with our national organization, our goal is to advocate for women of color in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment with specific emphasis on educating women in our community about HIV/AIDS. Since our beginning, we have partnered with the Faith Coalition, Positively Living, and the Knoxville Health Department to educate individuals about HIV/AIDS with the goal of eradicating it in our communities.  

We’ve also sponsored a Financial Literacy Seminar targeting individuals whose income is minimum wage and above. The intent is to set the stage for them to understand that saving small and making simple habit-based sacrifices can render great financial benefits over time. 

We look forward to continuing to serve the Greater Knoxville community with action and impactful programs.