National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs
Mary Church Terrell and other Black women leaders founded the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) in 1896. NACW became the largest federation of local Black women’s service clubs. Terrell served as its first president. The organization advocated for women’s rights as well as for the improvement and advancement of all African Americans though education, work, activism, and support of the health and welfare of the community. With its motto “Lifting as We Climb,” the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (as it is now known) is still active in thirty-two states.