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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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Mississippi, Who Has Been the Taillight, Can Now Be the Headlight

Mississippi, Who Has Been the Taillight, Can Now Be the Headlight

The Council’s International Work, 1975–1985

(p.177) Chapter Eight Mississippi, Who Has Been the Taillight, Can Now Be the Headlight
Strategic Sisterhood

Rebecca Tuuri

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explores the National Council of Negro Women's (NCNW) international work, focusing especially on NCNW's postwar work for human rights and its later formation of an international division in the 1970s. In 1973 Congress passed the Percy Amendment to the U.S. Foreign Service Act that pushed the U.S. government to ensure that women were beneficiaries of international development projects. In this climate, NCNW won $1.7 million dollars in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) between 1975 and 1985. The U.S. government saw the women of the NCNW, as a black American women-led nonprofit organization, as the "natural allies" of women of African descent worldwide. With this money, the NCNW first hosted a concurrent conference for women of African descent at the International Women's Year conference in Mexico City, established an international division, and tried to create international poverty programming like it had in Mississippi.

Keywords:   International Development, Black women-led nonprofits, Black nonprofits, Women in Development, International Women's Year, United States Agency for International Development, BLS Countries, National Council of Negro Women, NCNW, Dorothy Height

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