Our History

 

The Pennsylvania Chapter was founded in 1981 and 42 members were sworn-in in 1982. Today there are over 130 talented members from diverse professions and backgrounds.

NC100BW HISTORY

Led by visionary Edna Beach, NC100BW is an outgrowth of dedicated African American women in New York City who persistently worked to address the problems that affected their families, their communities and themselves. They aggressively began to reach out to other Black women to mobilize their energizing strength into a visible and influential force. In 1971, an organization developed from this effort that was called the Coalition of 100 Black Women.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women became incorporated in 1981 with representatives from 14 states and the District of Columbia under the leadership of the organization’s first national President and Founding Member Jewel Jackson McCabe.

Today, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NC100BW) consists of more than 7,000 members representing 60 chapters in 28 states and the District of Columbia.  Our members consist of thousands of progressive women of African descent whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.

The mission of NC100BW is to develop leaders who will help to rebuild their communities and redirect the energies of younger Black people who live in these communities.  Further, the mission of the Coalition is to meet the diverse needs of its members and to empower Black women in general.

For more information regarding the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, visit our national website: www.ncbw.org.

NC100BW-PA History

The Pennsylvania Chapter was founded in 1981 and 42 members were sworn-in in 1982. Today there are over 140 talented members from diverse professions and backgrounds.

The idea for the chapter was conceived on a train ride that the Pennsylvania Chapter founder, Sylvia Webster, President Emeritus, had with Jewel Jackson McCabe, founder of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.  During the train ride, Jewel convinced Sylvia that a Pennsylvania Chapter for the Coalition was needed and Sylvia Webster took the challenge. The Pennsylvania Chapter has grown to include over two hundred talented members from diverse professions and backgrounds.

The mission of NC100BW – PA aligns with our national mission to advocate on behalf of black women and girls. NC100BW-PA is committed to developing leaders who will help to rebuild their communities and redirect the energies of younger Black people who live in these communities.  Further, the goal of NC100BW-PA is to meet the diverse needs of its members and to empower Black women in general.

Past Presidents

  • Sylvia Webster
  • Francine Cheeks
  • Teta Banks
  • Linda Watson
  • Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris
  • Cheryl Bullock
  • Leslie Graves
  • Robyn E. Younger

Charter Members

  • Joann Bell
  • Ann Barrick Brockenborough
  • Lorraine H. Brown, PhD
  • Ernestine Carter, PhD
  • Barbara H. Chandler
  • Hon. Augusta A. Clark
  • Patricia J. Clifford
  • Hon. Shirley M. Dennis
  • Anne Marquess Garrott
  • Rose George
  • Elizabeth R. Gilmore
  • Velma Goode
  • Andrea Gray
  • Beverly Harper
  • Doris Harper
  • Elleanor Jean Hendley
  • Pamela Leigh Johnson
  • Audrey R. Johnson-Thorton
  • Leslie Kernodle
  • Charisse Lillie-McGill, Esq.
  • Ruth C. McArtis
  • Janet Pina
  • Anne Rubin
  • Doris A. Smith
  • Edith Moore Stephens
  • Marian Tasco
  • Nettie Taylor
  • Gloria J. Walker
  • Valaida Walker, EdD
  • Lois L. Watson
  • Sylvia G. Webster

Deceased Founders: Sadie T.M. Alexander, JD, PhD (Honorary Member), Patricia G. Corbin, Doris P. Dawkins, Helen Dickens, MD, Anne Marquess Garrott, Vera Gunn, Hon. Ruth S. Harper, Ruth W. Hayre, Hon. Juanita Kidd Stout, Marschal-Neil E. Young, PhD

 

The mission of NC100BW is to develop leaders who will help to rebuild their communities and redirect the energies of younger Black people who live in these communities.  Further, the mission of the Coalition is to meet the diverse needs of its members and to empower Black women in general.