The Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is a national organization that began in New York City in 1970 in an effort to continue the successful implementation of socio-economic and political strategies that began in mid-1960. The initial group was known as the New York Black Chapter. The Coalition of 100 Black Women was chartered as a National non-profit organization in 1981. There are currently over 60 Chapters nationwide. Its membership includes a diverse group of women, who are physicians, attorneys, educators, journalists, accountants, Municipal Court Judges, private entrepreneurs, university administrators, corporate managers and vice presidents, artists, media personalities, labor leaders, public relations specialists, consultants, and elected officials. This cross-section of dynamic women is reflective of the membership in each chapter of the coalition.
The initial interest group for the Columbia Chapter was convened at Benedict College in February 2012 by Mary Miller McClellan, the Columbia Chapter’s organizer and former member of the Long Island, New York Chapter and was chartered by the New York Corporate Office of the NC100BW, Inc. at the Columbia Marriott Hotel in March 2014.
The Columbia Chapter has identified the critical service issues in the midlands in the areas of health, education, mentoring and economic development and are steadily developing programs to address and meet the needs of families, women and girls of African American descent in those respective areas.