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Photograph of the annual conference of the National Council of Negro Women

“The Central Wheel”

Affiliated Organizations of the National Council of Negro Women, 1949

Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society, AME Zion Church
Est. 1880
Organized to expand the mission of The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church overseas and promote the cause of World Evangelism.
International Conference of Grand Courts Heroines of Jericho
Est. 1884
Affiliated with the Prince Hall Masonic Order; organized to provide mutual aid and promote charity and scholarship.
Daughters of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World
Est. 1902
Official auxiliary to the IBPOEW; service organization promoting Christian principles, racial justice, and education.
National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses
Est. 1908
Founded to promote the education and interests of Black nurses and challenge racial discrimination in the nursing profession.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
Est. 1908
First Greek-letter organization for Black college women, founded at Howard University; dedicated to scholarship, leadership, civic engagement, and public service.
Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis
Est. 1910
Organized to unite female relatives of Prince Hall Shriners and promote charity and benevolence through community service, education, and leadership development.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Est. 1913
Founded at Howard University; committed to leadership development and public service with a focus on programs assisting the African American community.
Women’s Missionary Council of the CME Church
Est. 1918
Formed to promote the mission of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church through evangelization, education, and aid programs.
National Beauty Culturists League
Est. 1919
Organized to improve conditions in the cosmetology industry and promote professional development, education, and cooperation among those in the beauty culture field.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
Est. 1920
Organized at Howard University to effect positive change by encouraging scholastic achievement, fostering unity, and transforming communities through volunteer service.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
Est. 1922
Founded at Butler University to improve conditions for women and their families through community service, education, social action and leadership development.
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa
Est. 1923
Organized to foster professional development, personal growth, and sisterhood among teachers and promote the highest ideals of the teaching profession.
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority
Est. 1929
Founded to advance the interests, professional development, and leadership potential of women in business and to promote business education.
Chi Eta Phi Sorority
Est. 1932
Organized at Freedmen’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., to elevate standards of the nursing profession and promote interest in the nursing field.
National Achievement Clubs
Est. 1935
Formed to provide charitable services to those in need and promote educational and recreational opportunities for children.
Women’s Auxiliary to the National Dental Association
Est. 1936
Organized to advance dental health and education and support the National Dental Association.
Women’s Auxiliary to the National Medical Association
Est. 1936
Founded to support the National Medical Association in its effort to educate and serve the public in matters of health.
Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority
Est. 1937
Organized to encourage leadership among women in business and promote ideals of sisterhood, achievement, service, and scholarship.
National Jeanes Association
Est. 1942
Formed to support teachers working in southern rural schools and promote educational and vocational programs funded by the Jeanes Foundation.
Women’s Army for National Defense
Est. 1942
Organized to enable young Black women to support the war effort by selling war bonds, providing day care, and running civil defense programs.
Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church
Est. 1944
Founded to serve the mission of the African Methodist Episcopal Church through evangelization and promotion of health, peace, and justice issues.
National Association of Beauty School Owners and Teachers
Est. 1945
Organized to serve as a clearinghouse for beauty culture schools; Mary McLeod Bethune served as national sponsor.
National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designers
Est. 1949
Founded to promote the interests of Black fashion professionals and expand opportunities for Black women in the fashion industry; co-founded by Mary McLeod Bethune.

The National Council of Negro Women

Since 1935, the National Council of Negro Women has empowered and advocated for Black women, families, and communities.

Photograph of Annual conference of the National Council of Negro Women