Chapter History

President Emeriti

Sheila Johnson Page
President 1982-1986
Evelyn Hall Wells
President 1986-1990

Mary A. Adams
President 1990-1994

Patricia Hill Williams
President 1994-1998
Delores Cooper Kershaw
President 1998-2002

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Bettye Anderson Easly
President 2002-2004

Grace Blake
President 2004-2008
Julie Dade Howard
President 2008-2012 
Wilma Holmes Tootle
Wilma Holmes Tootle
President 2012-2016

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:

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