The National Council for Negro Women.

The National Council for Negro Women’s 56th national convention, set for this weekend, is the organization’s opportunity to bring about a discussion of the world of African American women.

“The National Council of Negro Women is coming together once again in convention to focus on the national concerns of black women as it relates to their realizing their goals for social justice and human rights and community action,” Chair Ingrid Saunders Jones told the AFRO on Aug. 20.

She said the organization is conducting governing matters and pragmatic actions during its four-day convention from Aug. 20 to Aug. 23 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center located in Oxon Hill, Md.

“We’re coming together to continue our focus and work around our programmatic areas of health and wellness, education, and financial literacy and entrepreneurial empowerment,” Jones said.

She said the pragmatic focus of entrepreneurial empowerment will be conducted through a seminar conducted by representatives from Bank of America.

The convention also features a Town Hall conversation on Health Equity, led by Dr. David Rivers, chair of the Department of Biology at Loyola University Maryland located in Baltimore.

Other speakers include: Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, president of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta; Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc.; and Susan L. Taylor, founder and CEO of National CARES Mentoring Movement.

According to Jones, the speakers will share insights from research about Black women in the community.

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Rice are slated to receive NCNW’s Uncommon Height Crystal Stair Award on Aug. 23 for excellence in Civil Rights and Public Policy and excellence in education and medicine, respectively.


LaTrina Antoine

Special to the AFRO