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NCNW Presents 59th Convention Virtually

Theme - For Such a Time as this: A Call for Resilience & Resurgence

Washington, DC – Friday, September 18, 2020 – The 59th Convention of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) will be presented virtually, September 24 - 27, 2020.

Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., National Chair and 7th President of NCNW explains, “This theme acknowledges that just as our ancestors have done throughout our history and herstory, we must meet the challenging times we are in with resilience, and all that is required for the kind of resurgence that will propel NCNW onward and upward. The convention will take place during the year of the 85th anniversary of the founding of NCNW by the legendary Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. As we come together virtually, we will attend to NCNW’s business, including the election of officers. We will recharge during the evenings with virtual entertainment and many moments of inspiration.

As NCNW has always had the responsibility to do, we will discuss our efforts to lead the nation with respect to the critical social justice issues of the day. There will be Town Hall Meetings, forums, salons, workshops and fireside chats examining NCNW’s Four for the Future priorities to assure the continuing relevance and effectiveness of our programmatic focus on Health, Education, Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. Innovators and influencers will guide us as we critically examine strategies to address the issues that most directly impact the quality of life for women of African descent, our families and our communities.

We will discuss ongoing efforts to expand NCNW’s current membership (including affiliates) of more than two million Black women. In the interest of NCNW becoming a more intergenerational organization, throughout our convention we will build bridges of understanding and collaboration between our seasoned members who represent NCNW’s roots, and our younger members who are the wings of our organization. There is an African proverb that captures the value of our being an intergenerational organization. "The youth can walk fast, but the elder knows the road.”

Dr. Cole announced that NCNW 59th Convention Tri-Chairs are: Martha Dawson, DNP, President of the National Black Nurses Association; Kim Jeffries Leonard, Ph.D., President of The Links, Inc.; and Priscilla J. Murphy LPCMH, MEd, BSN, RN, President of Chi Eta Phi. 

The National Black Nurses Association, The Links, Inc, and Chi Eta Phi, are all National Affiliates of NCNW and hold permanent seats on its board of directors. Dr. Cole indicates, “As we are buffeted by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is so important to draw strength and wisdom from these Affiliates with proven concern for and expertise in health.”

Entertainment will be provided by Eric Benet and the Clark Sisters. "I very much look forward to welcoming our members, guests, sponsor and nearly 100 speakers and presenters to NCNW's 59th National Convention where we will take advantage of the opportunity to use the latest technology to convene, connect and commune,” she remarked.


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