Who Are We
At the call of Mrs. Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubss, Inc. was founded in Washington, D.C. in July 1896 by the merger of the National Federation of Afro-American Women, the Women’s Era Clubs of Boston, and the Colored Women’s League of Washington, D.C.
The Association became and has remained a significant voice in national affairs and contributed to the uplifting of the American way of life since 1896. Membership includes women and youth in 32 states dedicated to “raising to the highest plane the homelife, moral standards, and civic life of our race.” As we continue in the mainstream of economic progression, we, the colored women of the United States of America, stand united for service to humanity.
To work for the economic, moral, religous and social welfare of women and youth.
To protect the rights of women and youth.
To raise the standard and quality of life in home and family.
To secure and use our influence for the enforcement of civil and political rights for African Americans and all citizens.
To promote the education of women and youth through the work of the departments.
To obtain for African American women the opportunity of reaching the highest levels in all fields of human endeavor.
To promote effective interaction with the male auxiliary.
To promote inter-racial understanding so that justice and good will may prevail among all people.
To hold educational workshops biennially at the Convention.