Social Justice

60th Anniversary of March on Washington

President and CEO Shavon Arline-Bradley delivered remarks during the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., August 26 at 11:00 a.m. The event, which was co-sponsored by NCNW and co-chaired by the National Action Network and the Drum Major Institute, marked the 60th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington.  Over 600 affiliates, members, and supporters of NCNW registered to attend. Check out team NCNW on the ground here. Watch Rev. Shavon Arline Bradley's CSPAN interview here. Revisit the 1963 march with NCNW 8th National President and Chair Dr. Thelma T. Daley here.

Black Women's Equal Pay Day

On July 26, President and CEO Shavon Arline-Bradley delivered powerful remarks to open the 2023 Black Women's Equal Pay Day Webinar, hosted by Equal Pay Today. In her speech, President Arline-Bradley noted that even in 2023, Black women still earn $0.64 for every $1.00 that a White, non-Hispanic male earns. Watch Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley discuss Black Women's Equal Pay Day here.

Supreme Court Breakdown Series

This all-female panel conducted a thorough examination of the current status of the Supreme Court's ruling on congressional redistricting process in Alabama and how lawmakers violated the Voting Rights Act by drawing districts that intentionally suppressed Black voters. Panelists also discussed affirmative action, the current status of the student loan debt crisis, and the state of women's reproductive rights with an emphasis on NCNW's position statement on reproductive justice. The webinars were attended by over 800 individuals. Watch Part 1 here. Watch Part II here.

NCNW Rallies for Freedom to Learn

On May 3, NCNW hosted the DC Rally for the Freedom to Learn (F2L) Day of Action, a movement created to fight the growing disinformation campaign against the erasure of history and lived experiences of marginalized communities, critical race theory, and equitable legislation. View video from the event here.

Broadband and Digital Equity

NCNW HQ Making an Impact in Mississippi

In early 2023, NCNW was devastated by the news that several catastrophic tornadoes tore through Rolling Fork and Humphreys County, Miss., leaving hundreds of citizens without food, water, and shelter. At the behest of national chair Dr. A. Lois Keith president and CEO, Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley, organized a disaster relief trip to Humphreys County, a severely impacted area that received little national attention. NCNW also announced a strategic initiative to increase broadband connectivity in Mississippi through the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). Check out pictures from our trip here.

Project Height Scholars Program

 In February 2023, NCNW, in partnership with the Dorothy Irene Height Foundation (DIHEF) and Meta, launched the inaugural Project Height Scholarship, which provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students with career interests at the intersection of technology and civil rights. Named after Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, who was president of NCNW for over 40 years, the program awarded 27 scholarships of $10,000 to students across a wide range of disciplines throughout the country. Read the full press release here.

Collaborations with "Legacy Eight"

Civil Rights Organizations

NCNW Facilitates White House Meeting with

Health Insurers and Associations

Led by NCNW President and CEO Shavon Arline-Bradley, legacy eight civil rights organizations convened with the White House office of Public Engagement, senior Biden administration officials, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and representatives of health insurers and health associations on May 11, to discuss the end of COVID-19 public health emergency. Read the joint letter to the White House here.

Partnerships with Legacy Eight Civil Rights Organizations

on Police Week 

NCNW engaged in a social media storm, calling for policing accountability and reform, as part of Police Week 2023. This culminated in a joint press release with civil rights organizations, urging Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and condemning their failure to advance legislation to bring accountability to law enforcement. Read the full release here.  

Connecting with

Leadership and Supporters

April Board Retreat

NCNW kicked off its first Board retreat under the auspicious leadership of the newly-elected national chair, Dr. A. Lois Keith, and president and CEO, Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture - a fitting location for the historical first retreat under the new organizational structure. The two-day retreat spanned April 1-2 and featured team-building exercises and strategizing workshops lead by Makani Themba, noted author, strategist and facilitator.

Mary McLeod Bethune's 148th Birthday

On July 10, NCNW Headquarters celebrated the 148th Birthday of our founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune.

The event was attended by the President's Circle, Board of Directors, Affiliate leaders, and members from local sections. Attendees, adorned in stunning yellow attire, were able to see the progress of NCNW Headquarters’ renovations and were excited for the opportunity to meet with national chair, Dr. A. Lois Keith, president and CEO, Rev. Shavon Arline-Bradley. Check out pictures from the celebration here.

NCNW HQ @ Essence Festival 2023

Essence Festival is one of the largest gatherings of women of African descent in the US, and the presence of NCNW was felt during the annual celebration of Black women. Prior to the start of the main festivities, NCNW co-hosted a reception entitled, "Cheers to Black Women: Beautiful, Bold, Liberated," in collaboration with, In Our Own Voice, to celebrate Black women and discuss the importance of reproductive rights. Watch the AP News video of Essence Festival, featuring team NCNW here.

About NCNW


National Council Negro Women (NCNW) is an “organization of organizations,” comprised of 330 campus and community-based sections and 33 national women’s organizations that enlightens, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. It was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist, and for more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW.


Today, the NCNW programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns that are now “NCNW Priorities.” Our organization promotes education; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability; educates women about health and promotes healthcare access, and promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy and social justice.

For more information, please visit or NCNW's social channels via Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn.

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President & CEO:

Rev. Shavon L. Arline-Bradley, MPH, MDiv

Affiliated with: National Council of Women of the United States

International Council of Women/National Assembly for Social Policy and Development

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