National Association of Colored Women's Clubs

NACWC

“Embracing Change: Honoring Our Great Legacy Through Restructure and Adaptation”

For more than 119 years, the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Inc., has been a leader in igniting and securing the rights of women, children and families. Founded in 1896, we are the oldest women of color organization in the country’s history. The activities and contributions of NACWC, have helped to improve the quality of life for all people, even those in other countries.

Since our inception, we have made significant contributions to uplift and sustain communities in 36 states. Built on the backbone of women like Mary Church Terrell, Margaret Washington, Mary Talbert and Nannie Burroughs, we became and continue to be an important force in our communities. We have supported women suffrage, prohibition and civil rights agendas. The first women’s network in Civil Defense emerged because our organization pushed for the issue in women’s role during the Korean War. We are still powerful women who are current on all issues and remain at the forefront of our struggles. Read More...

 

  Welcome!

What does it mean to be a woman with a heavy-burdened heart? It denotes you can’t be free until you have empowered other women, freeing them from the oppression, which weighs them down.

From NACWC’s inception, officers and members, came together to weave a more meaningful and beneficial life for all women and their children. When you look at the word “freedom,” it doesn’t symbolize domination, cruelty, tyranny, hatred, repression or persecution. Yet for centuries, women have been overlooked, controlled and confined.

Despite NACWC’s many setbacks, we continue to thrive to help all women acquire skills to empower them to over come their despotism. We work throughout our regions and states to make sure children develop to their fullest potential.

The most enjoyable parts of our service are when we come together to enlighten and free oppressed women and educate our youth. As long as there are insurmountable difficulties for women and children, NACWC will continue to make a positive difference in their lives.

Welcome to our website. We welcome you and we hope you will make it your lifelong goal to empower all women and children. It can be done – just look at us – 117 years old and still not tired of helping to change the lives of low-caste women and those who face other facets of discrimination.

Evelyn Rising
28th National President


Our News

  Featured Member: Mozelle Lewis

Getting to know: Mozelle Lewis is a proud 79-year old black female who has experienced many wonderful life encounters. As a retired educator (an elementary school teacher and principal for 42 years), she’s served as president of many civic organizations: Tulsa Urban League Guild, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Oklahoma Federation of CWC and Southwest Regional AWC. She is also a member of the Greater Union Baptist Church.

Getting to know: Mozelle Lewis is a proud 79-year old black female who has experienced many wonderful life encounters. As a retired educator (an elementary school teacher and principal for 42 years), she’s served as president of many civic organizations: Tulsa Urban League Guild, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Oklahoma Federation of CWC and Southwest Regional AWC. She is also a member of the Greater Union Baptist Church.

Best book ever read: The Bible

Favorite movie: “Imitation of Life”

Favorite song: “Yes, Jesus Loves Me”

Hobby: Playing golf and the piano (which she does fabulously)

Favorite food/dessert: Baked chicken and dressing; Favorite dessert is chocolate cake.

Unknown fun fact about you: She will admit she is very talkative, but enjoys stealing away and being silent, reading and meditating and getting to know God better.

What is your recipe for success? “Put God first as the head of my life. Trust Him and know that He never fails. Let God lead and direct your path.”

What is your favorite quote? “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He will lead and direct your path.”

If you could spend one hour with anyone in history, who would it be and why? Her greatest opportunity would be to spend an hour with our president of the United State, Barak Obama. She would share with him his strengths and encourage him to understand that a few years was not enough time to attempt to finalize the great task that he has on his hands. (After all, under his leadership – the masses never let him take a stand. They were negative in every way.) Truthfully, he has done well with his family showing great support as a “whole” and he is as mentally alert as he can be. Good job Obama… however much more is needed. Never give up!!

How long have you been a member of NACWC and what local, state, regional and national committee do you serve on? Her trek began when she was a senior in college. Her dad let her dive his care to Langston University where the OFCWC meeting was being held. She took five club sisters from the club in Bartlesville and joined the Porte Soire Federation in 1950. For 62 years, she has been involved. She believes dedication came early when she became the musician for the state. Loyalty existed when she became state president and began attending Board of Director’s meetings, regional and national sessions. She continues to share her talents and encourages others to SERVE! SERVE! SERVE!

What’s hot about NACWC? Our present president who has come from the bottom to the top. She is a young-minded woman who has been places and has definitely involved herself. She has a way of making people feel wanted and overall, has certainly been inspired to do more for the federation. She feels NACWC is going to grow larger as an organization and new blood will join. In closing, she states, “we can grow and do better and we will. God bless Evelyn. Go Federation! Go Federation!


Mozelle Lewis