100 Black Women
Prince George's County Chapter
In the winter of 1970 in New York City, 24 Black women, led by visionary Edna Beach, began meeting in their homes to assess the problems and opportunities left behind in the wake of the turbulent 1960s. As a result of their meetings, they formed the Coalition of 100 Black Women. For the rest of the 1970s, they slowly but persistently worked to master root causes of issues that affected their families, their communities and themselves. They boldly began to reach out to other Black women in common cause, and eventually, mobilized their emerging stature as a visible force of influence promoting gender and racial equity.
In 1981, the New York Coalition had over 500 members throughout New York City’s metropolitan area, far in excess of the symbolic "100" in its title. Its effective role-model projects and its association with grassroots community activity won notice in both local and national news media. As the Coalition gained recognition, Black women from other parts of the country aspired to duplicate its mission and programs in their own geographic areas.
In 1981, it decided to create a national organization, to expand beyond the boundaries of New York City, and, accordingly, to include the term "National" in the original title. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW) was launched on October 24,1981, with representatives from 14 states and the District of Columbia, with Jewell Jackson McCabe as its first national president. The rapidity by which the organization grew is attested to by the statistics of 1986: 47 chapters in 19 states, with a membership of 3,000.
Today, NCBW consists of thousands of progressive women of African descent who represent 60 chapters in 25 states and the District of Columbia and whose commitment to gender equity and socioeconomic advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince George’s County Chapter was founded in 1988 for the purpose of empowering women and girls in the African American community. We want to see African American women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist. NCBW advocates on behalf of African American women and girls to promote leaderships development and gender equity in areas of health, education and economic empowerment.
At present, the Prince George’s County Chapter is more than 65 professional Black women strong.
The chapter’s primary purpose is to:
Foster principles of equal rights/opportunities
Promote awareness of African American culture
Provide a forum for Black women to address educational, political, social and health-related issues
Develop the potential for effective leadership and participation of its members in civic affairs
Cooperate with other organizations to achieve common goals
Our current President is Thedosia L. Munford, MBA, MS, RN, NEA-BC. Her personal vision is to support and provide encouragement that will enhance and strengthen NCBW’s purpose of advocating for Black women and girls in areas of health, education and economic empowerment. Since its founding by Joyce Williams in 1988, the chapter has been under the leadership of six presidents: Joyce E. Williams, Erma Fields, Addie Martin, Joyce Duckett, Gretchen Lofland, Ed.D., and Thedosia L. Munford.
The following are some of the topics upon which we advocate at the state and national levels:
Family and domestic crisis
Chronic diseases adversely impacting Black women and girls such as Metabolic Syndrome and breast cancer
Healthy living/quality of life
Strategic alliances with other nonprofit and faith-based organizations
Support and growth of Black women-owned business
Voter registration, education and rights
Support of Black women candidates running for political office
Support of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Prince George’s Chapter is a 501c3 organization.