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Mon, 06.30.1930

The Northeasterners Club Begins

*This date in 1930 marks the first meeting of The Northeasterners Inc. The Northeasterners Inc. was a Black woman’s social club started in Harlem, NYC, that still exists today.

Agatha Scott Davis brainstormed the idea and founded the organization; she was the wife of black Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. After Reconstruction, she was impressed with young Black debutantes she met while traveling; she wanted them to network with one another. They all seemed to have similar interests and backgrounds, and organizing such talents seem natural. The initiative caught on, and several young Black women representing various states in the Northeast came together. Originally, the name was the Gay Northeasterners. The organization voted to change its name in 1979.

The Northeasterners Inc. aims to keep in touch with each other socially, stay abreast of cultural trends, and serve the community.  Club records show various projects were organized to aid society and educational causes. These include an annual scholarship to Howard University, gifts to the Infantile Paralysis Library Project at Tuskegee Institute, contributions to the NAACP, the Urban League, the United Negro College Fund, and the American Cancer Society, and others.  Over the years, the group's membership has expanded, adding new chapters.

The present organization is national in scope with a national constitution. The chapters meet at an annual National Conclave held in different locations. The organization continues to grow in the tradition of other African American social organizations, such as sororities and fraternities. It encourages young women to join and strive towards a standard of excellence and a commitment to community services.

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