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Tue, 07.21.1896 story

The National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs is Formed

On this date in 1896, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, (NACWC) was organized. The merger of National Federation of Afro-American Women, the Women’s Era Club of Boston, and Colored Women’s League of Washington, DC formed it.

The objectives of the NACWC are as follows:
1. To promote the education of women and children
2. To raise the standards of the home
3. To improve conditions for family living
4. To work for the moral, economic, social, and religious welfare of women and children
5. To protect the rights of women and children

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Tue, 11.07.1876 story

Lethia Fleming, Women’s Activist born

*Lethia Fleming was born on this date in 1876. She was an African American campaign organizer, women’s and civil rights activist and politician.

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Fri, 11.21.1930 story

The Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching is Formed

*On this date in 1930, the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching (ASWPL) was founded.   Activist Jesse Ames founded ASWPL with headquarters in Atlanta.  The organization initially excluded Black women and appealed directly to white southern women to stop the lynching. The ASWPL secured the signatures of 40,000 southern women on its ‘Pledge Against Lynching’ (see below). Despite encountering hostile […]

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Fri, 08.06.1965 story

The Voting History of Black Women in America, a story

*On this date in 1965, Black women and voting history in America is briefly shared.  Black women in America began to agitate for political rights in the 1830s, creating Female Anti-Slavery Societies in New York and Philadelphia. These interracial groups were radical expressions of women’s political ideals, and they led directly to voting rights activism before and […]

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Wed, 06.14.1905 story

The Texas Association of Women’s Clubs is Formed

*The Texas Association of Women’s Clubs (TAWC) is celebrated on this date in 1905. They are an umbrella organization of African American women’s clubs in Texas. It was first organized as the Texas Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. The purpose of the group was to allow clubs to work together to improve the social and […]

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Fri, 07.21.1837 story

Helen Appo Cook, Women’s Rights Advocate born

*Helen Appo Cook was born on this date in 1837. She was a wealthy, prominent Black community activist in the women’s club movement. Helen Appo was born to William Appo, a prominent musician, and Elizabeth Brady Appo, who owned a millinery business in New York. Because of William Appo’s music career, the family lived in […]

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Wed, 06.06.1900 story

The Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association is Chartered

*On this date in 1900, the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association (FDMHA) was chartered. This a non-profit group formed by Helen Douglass with the mission “to preserve to posterity the memory of the life and character of the late Frederick Douglass” and “to collect, collate, and preserve a historical record of his story. Chartered by […]

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Wed, 06.03.1896 story

The Northeastern Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs Begins

*On this date in 1896, the Northeastern Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs (NFCWC) was founded. This was an umbrella organization representing black women’s clubs in the northeastern United States. The organization was affiliated with the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC). It was one of the first umbrella organizations for Black women’s clubs in the United […]

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Mon, 12.05.1955 story

The Montgomery Improvement Association Begins

*The Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) was formed on this date in 1955. This organization of Black ministers and community leaders focused national attention on racial segregation in the South. Under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy, Martin Luther King Jr., Rufus Lewis, and Edgar Nixon, the MIA was instrumental in guiding the Montgomery bus boycott.  Jo Ann Robinson of the Women’s Political Council and […]

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Tue, 08.25.1908 story

The Empire States Federation of Women’s Clubs, a story

*On this date in 1908, we celebrate the beginning of the Empire State Federation of Women’s Clubs (ESFWC). Founded in Brooklyn by Alice Wiley Seay, the ESFWC is the umbrella organization of New York State African American women’s groups. The organization had two main goals: to do “uplift work among girls and young women” and care […]

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