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Our Local Story

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Delaware Chapter is a local affiliate of a national non-profit advocacy group whose mission is to advocate on behalf of Black women and other women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances that promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment.

On June 11, 1994, Alicia Clark convened four women to discuss the formation of a Delaware Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in Wilmington, Delaware. On July 25, 1995, the Chapter by-laws were adopted and the first officers were elected:

  • Penelope Taylor, President
  • Dr. Teresa Drummond, Vice-President
  • Jackeline Clarke, Corresponding Secretary
  • Alberta Clarke, Treasurer
  • Enid-Wallace Simms, Financial Secretary
  • Kristen Williams, Recording Secretary

On August 29, 1995, committee chairs were appointed by the President and announced during the monthly meeting.

  • Membership Committee – Quinn Delaney
  • Program Committee – Raye Jones Avery
  • Nominating Committee – Laurie Miller
  • Public Relations Committee - G. Patricia Moody & Neysa Smith
  • Fundraising Committee Connie Johnson and Dr. Janice Wilson-Benson

On November 16, 1995, Delaware was chartered as an official Chapter of the National Coalition; shortly thereafter, the Chapter petitioned for and was granted its 501(c)(3) status. Collectively, with our sister chapters, NCBW-DE is committed to being a united voice for more than 14 million Black women in the United States:

  • As a leadership forum, it serves as a role model to help elevate the quality of life for young Black Women and other Black women in transition.
  • As an organization of career (professional and volunteer) women, it draws upon the strength of its membership to work toward solutions on issues of concern to the contemporary Black woman.
  • As a network, it serves as a vehicle of communication among Black women for their own personal and professional development.
  • And as an advocacy group, it collectively seeks the political and economic empowerment of Black women as a means of gaining access to mainstream America.

The Chapter’s presence and commitments, through the support of its membership, has kept the mission and purpose visible. Because of ongoing support from the core sponsors, and advocacy efforts, NCBW-DE is able to continue to give back to the community by contributing to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and the Dr. Teresa Drummond Scholarship Fund which has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarship funds to girls and women attending college.

In 2007, the Chapter received the National Coalition’s President’s Leadership Award for its work in mobilizing Black men and women to get tested for HIV/AIDS. In addition, the Chapter received a commendation from the President and Council of the City of Wilmington, City Councilwoman, Hanifa Shabazz, State Senator and Majority Whip, Margaret Rose Henry, and State Representative Stephanie Bolden acknowledging its commitment to addressing the opportunity gaps impeding the progress of Black Women and girls.