CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE
The founding chairs of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) were educator, author, and politician, Shirley Chisholm, and politician and civil rights activist, Dr. C. Delores Tucker.
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm became the first African American woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she became the first African American woman to make a serious bid to run for President of the United States.
In 1971, Dr. C. Delores Tucker became the first African American woman to serve as Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth, making her the first African American woman to serve as secretary of a U.S. state government.
The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. - Houston Metropolitan Chapter (NCBW-HMC) strives for the development of policies, platforms, and strategies that address the needs and aspirations of the Black community and works to further the participation of Black women in all areas of the community that impact their lives and the lives of their families.
NCBW-HMC encourages civic engagement, leadership training, and entrepreneurship development at the national, state, and local levels to enable members and young people to gain the knowledge required to understand, operate, and participate within the health, educational, economic, political action, and social advancement arenas.
PARTICIPATION IN POLICY
The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. - Houston Metropolitan Chapter advocates public policy positions that advance the interests of Black women, their families, and their communities.
NCBW-HMC is committed to increasing the number of Black women who participate in policy leadership and decision-making positions, encouraging the parity appointment of Black women at all levels of government and engaging Black women in voter registration, political education, forums, and seminars.