The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) is a non-profit organization with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this mission through research, advocacy, national and community based services and programs in the United States and Africa.
With its 28 national affiliate organizations and its more than 200 community based sections, NCNW has an outreach to nearly four million women, all contributing to the peaceful solutions to the problems of human welfare and rights. The national headquarters, which acts as a central source for program planning, is based in Washington, D.C., on Pennsylvania Avenue, located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol. NCNW also has two field offices.
On this day the Vauxhall branch of The National Council of Negro Women held its annual Back to School Program. The program began with an invocation followed by a welcome. All in attendance was encouraged to sing "Lift Every Voice and Sing". Mrs. Dolores Armstrong gave the statement and Ms. Carla Harris gave the words of Encouragement.
A doctor in the military addressed the crowd and asked the young people what they wanted to do with themselves in the future. The purpose of this inquiry was to instill in the young people, that with hard work and dedication they could accomplish anything they set their minds too.
In the closing remarks, the president of NCNW, Ms. Walker, talked about the need for the children to get a good night sleep before the first day of school and eat a nutritional breakfast. Moreover, Ms. Walker talked about the obesity issues among African-American children and the need to have a balanced diet.
After the program, gift bags were given out to the children. In the bags were various school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and erasers. According to Ms. Walker, the money that would have been spent on these school supplies can now be spent on other items needed to advance the children's pursuit of an academic education.