As the 1970's came to an end Newsday, the daily newspaper covering Long Island, began publishing a series called "Long Island at the Crossroads" outlining the problems facing Long Island. The series noted the fragmentation of Nassau and Suffolk Counties and concluded that a plan was needed to address these problems and identify solutions. Active leaders in local women's organizations raised their voices to urge the inclusion of both women and people of color in the ongoing deliberations. While their efforts opened up a new dialog, it became apparent that there remained a void that needed to be filled for the greater good of the community. In April 1982, sixteen women took a stand to ensure a role for women of African descent in the mainstream of Long Island, and incorporated 100 Black Women of Long Island, Inc. The organization worked diligently to tackle several local issues and later joined forces to become an affiliate chapter of the emerging National Coalition of 100 Black Women.
"A nation is formed by the willingness of each of us to share in the responsibiity for upholding the common good." ~ Barbara Jordan
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter Inc. (NCBW, LI) a 501(c) 3 tax exempt organization, works in concert with more than 7,500 members representing 64 chapters in 26 states, and the District of Columbia,. After more than twenty-five years, our founding vision to ensure a role for women of African descent in the mainstream of Long Island remains the principal focus of the organization. Today we are serving our communities as advocates addressing HIV/AIDS prevention, housing barriers on Long Island and non-partisan voter participation. Each coalition event is carefully researched, discussed, and executed to celebrate and inform Black women. Through these events, we hope attendees will share their experiences and inspire others to Inform, Engage, and Act.
Today, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Long Island Chapter, Inc. (NCBW LI) advocates on behalf of women of African descent through local and national actions that promote equity in economic development, health care and education by:
- Building strategic alliances with like-minded individuals and organizations to achieve mutual goals.
- Empowering members to achieve business/professional opportunities and serve as effective leaders.
- Influencing public policy that impacts women of African descent and their communities.
- Celebrating the culture and achievements of people of African descent.