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In January, a new section of the historical National Council of Negro Women was formed in Pennington, New Jersey. Reverend Dr. Angela Battle, the Pastor of Bethel AME Church in Pennington, hosted a delegation of 100 African American women from Mercer County to charter the first Mercer County Section of the National Council of Negro Women.

“I saw the need and opportunity to have women band together to make a difference in various aspects of the county,” noted Dr. Battle.

Founded in 1935, by Mary McLeod Bethune as an “organization of organization,” the National Council of Negro Women was formed to represent national and international concerns of Black women.  NCNW represents over 25,000 contributors and members and is connected to nearly 3 million women through affiliate organizations at the national, state, and local levels.  NCNW goals include:

  • Promote and recognize leadership among women of color;
  • Champion women’s and civil rights;
  • Increase the educational attainment of African Americans;
  • Work toward the economic empowerment of African American women; and
  • Celebrate and strengthen the African American family.

“I am proud to be part of the first Mercer County section of the National Council of Negro Women. It is important that, as women, we band together to serve our entire community and interests and that we are not forgotten during these times. As NCNW is inclusive of all women regardless of race, ethnic group identification or background, I am happy to be part of an organization that welcomes all women who would like to serve in areas such as education, health, political awareness and inclusion,” remarked Dr. Tabitha McKinley.

For further information please contact chapter President Dr. Battle at 908-337-7334.

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