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Strategic SisterhoodThe National Council of Negro Women in the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Rebecca Tuuri

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469638904

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469638904.001.0001

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The Power of Four Million Women

The Power of Four Million Women

Growing the Council, 1967–1980

(p.149) Chapter Seven The Power of Four Million Women
Strategic Sisterhood

Rebecca Tuuri

University of North Carolina Press

In the late 1960s, the National Council of Negro Women's (NCNW) poverty programs in Mississippi, drew interest to the organization. The NCNW tried to use this enthusiasm to help build its membership in the 1970s. In hopes of building its direct membership, the NCNW tried to push members of its affiliate organizations to become NCNW direct members as well. It also created more local sections at this time. In addition to building its membership, the NCNW continued to sponsor black self help by founding the Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement, sponsoring Operation Sisters United to help girls deemed at risk of delinquency, and advocating for reformed federal food policies. The NCNW's poverty programming also bolstered its reputation as a national organization that could work both with politicians, professionals, and other formal leaders and with working class and radical women.

Keywords:   National Council of Negro Women, NCNW, Mary McLeod Bethune statue, Lincoln Park, NCNW Affiliate membership, NCNW Direct membership, Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement, Operation Sisters United, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Women and Housing

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