By The National Council of Negro Women

It is with a heavy heart that NCNW (National Council of Negro Women) announces the passing of Joan Douglas-Jordan on Aug. 25, 2023. Mrs. Douglas-Jordan faithfully served on the NCNW Board of Directors and chaired the Greater Washington Life Member’s Guild. She was also a mentor and advisor for the Bethune Height Recognition Program (BHRP) for many years. She leaves behind a legacy of outstanding service and commitment to NCNW’s various causes and missions.

“Joan was an NCNW pillar. For decades she supported NCNW both locally and on the national level. She will be sorely missed. Sending my deepest sympathy to the family,” remarked NCNW National Chair Dr. A. Lois Keith.

“Mrs. Joan Douglas was a kind, generous, and loving person, and will be greatly missed,” said NCNW General Counsel Janice Mathis.

“One of NCNW’s legends who was always present supporting NCNW’s mission, milestones, and the vision of our founder and leadership through the years. My heart is heavy, but I know she is soaring in Heaven. My condolences to Mrs. Joan Douglas-Jordan’s family and friends,” remarked NCNW Board Member Dawna Michelle Fields.

“She will be missed for sure,” said NCNW Board Member Helena Johnson.

“Joan was a true and dedicated NCNW member,” remarked NCNW Board Member Alotta Taylor.

Mrs. Douglas-Jordan will be laid to rest in Virginia. The family has requested no visits to the home at this time, but will greatly appreciate phone calls and cards.

About NCNW

National Council Negro Women (NCNW) is an “organization of organizations,” comprised of 330 campus and community-based sections and 33 national women’s organizations that enlightens, inspires, and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families, and communities. It was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist, and for more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW.

Today, the NCNW programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns that are now “NCNW Priorities.” Our organization promotes education; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic stability; educates women about health and promotes healthcare access, and promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy and social justice.

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