The Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter Story

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In 1985, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter’s founding President, Dr. Delta R. Bowers was introduced to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) by the late Diane Flannigan-Montgomery in Washington, District of Columbia. Ms. Flannigan-Montgomery served as the President of the District of Columbia Coalition of Black Women at that time, and was a dear family friend. Dr. Bowers admired the strength and the courage of the women of color who had undertaken the mission to establish such an organization that empowered women of color at that time, however she believed that her commitment to the Coalition was not yet strong enough to achieve the goals of the organization. Throughout the years, Dr. Bowers never forgot the strong emotion that was evoked in her by such powerful women of color, and she never forgot the Coalition as she maturated into full womanhood.  Hence, she sought out the Coalition via the NCBW Prince William County Chapter vis-à-vis the chapter’s President, Dr. Alice Howard.

On October 13, 2014, the initial application was sent to the NCBW National Board for the establishment of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter (NCBW RMAC) Organizing Group.  The Chapter had its National Technical Training visit on November 8, 2014. This training was conducted by the NCBW National President, Mrs. Michele McNeill-Emery at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Henrico, Virginia.

On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Richmond Metropolitan Area Organizing Group held its first regular meeting as an Organizing Group and had subsequent meetings leading up to the March 28, 2015 Chartering Ceremony of the NCBW RMAC. The NCBW RMAC’s national mission is to promote leadership development for women and girls of color in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment. NCBW RMAC’s local mission is threefold. We advocate on behalf of women and girls of color who live in poverty, who suffer with mental illness, and who are victims of domestic violence. 

We are grateful to the many organizations and individuals who support the NCBW RMAC. We look forward to serving this community as we advocate on behalf of women and girls of color to forge a path forward for a brighter tomorrow.