National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
© 2015 NCNW Rockford Section. All rights reserved.
From left to right: Estelle Black, Glendia Dean & Lessa Owens
For information about membership, please contact NCNW-Rockford Section via telephone or email. Telephone: (815) 315-0925 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In October 12, 1969, Rockford was granted a charter for a Rockford Section of NCNW, Inc.
One week later, the first NCNW Rockford Section meeting was held on October 19, 1969 at Booker Washington Community Center.
Attorney Sarilyn Harper, Regional Director of NCNW came to Rockford
to interpret the purpose of the organization and oversee the installation of officers.
Beatrice S. Cloud, Council Officer from Chicago discussed the four main areas of NCNW work as
politics, housing, employment, and education. Mrs. Constance Lane, Program.
Chairwoman installed the following officers:
President, Estelle Black
1st Vice President, Lessa Owens
2nd Vice President, Glendia Dean
Recording Secretary, Pearl Hawks
Corresponding Secretary, Carrie Ellis
Treasurer, Gwendolyn Ish
Over the past 44 years, NCNW has made a lasting mark in the Rockford community by hosting such events as
the Annual Black Family Reunion, Senior Thanksgiving Dinner, and the Safari Ball.
NCNW has actively participated in mentoring and educational support to our youth, community service, and advocacy.