Southern California


The creation of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) marked a unique aspect 
of African American history.  NCNW was the first national coalition of black women’s organizations. Through the early work of Mary McLeod Bethune, and with the support of like-minded organizations, NCNW worked tirelessly to promote its agenda of uniting and educating women on the effective participation in civic, political, and economic activities.

Known as the major advocate for black women, NCNW served as a unifying force – forming a power block determined to focus on key social and political issues, and influence legislative decisions that directly impacted black women and their families.

Its humble beginnings held great promise of coalition building and collaboration.  Working together, with a unity of purpose and action, NCNW has used its collective strength to create an effective and influential movement.  And NCNW continues to play a powerful role in the lives of black women worldwide.


Southern California Signature Programs

STEAM Chairperson
Kimberly Diggs -

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Athens Westmont Section 
Operation Shoebox - 1st Saturday in June - Collect decorative shoeboxes with toiletries for transitional homeless shelters


Mary McLeod Bethune Section
Feed Homeless Community 


Compton Section
Feed Our Community Project Support Bel-Vue Community Church - Monthly


High Desert Section
Bethune Leadership Academy


Inland Empire Section
Bethune Center - Ongoing yearly
Services provided: Pre-employment skills training & community resources


Long Beach Section
Food & Toy Drive


Los Angeles View Park Section
Reading Proficiency Program - Wednesdays 3pm - 4:30pm-Improving the literacy skills for all students


Los Angeles Section
Volunteers at WLA Veterans Medical Center for over 50 years


Orange County Section
Crittenton Services- Back to School Drive


Pomona Section 
Mental Health Initiative


San Diego Section
Girl Power - Workshop Preps Youth for Promising Careers - STEAM 


San Gabriel Valley Section
Young Women’s Auxiliary- Young Legends



  • Bethune Height Recognition Programs 

  • Black Family Reunion