The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Metropolitan Nashville Chapter is engaged in advocacy and community programs to improve the personal and professional well-being of women in the Middle Tennessee community. The organization’s membership of over 50 business and professional women has been utilized to expand the Coalition’s mission of elevating the development and growth of women; thus, having an impact upon families and the community-at-large.
Educational Programs Targeting African-American and Low-Income Women
- Annual seminars focusing on education, economic empowerment and professional development
- Job readiness workshops focusing on interview skills, business etiquette, effective communication and professional dress attire for women who are preparing to enter the work force for the first-time
- Health education seminars focusing on breast cancer awareness and HIV/AIDS and precautionary measure to eliminate health disparities
Health Issues Facing African-American Women
The Nashville Chapter and the Nashville Coalition of 100 Black Women Foundation, are focused on advocating for and educating African-American women on a number of health-related issues, including breast cancer, AIDS, cervical cancer and diabetes. Workshops are held throughout the year to educate women on these diseases, offer tips for early detection, screening, diagnosis and treatment.
- Breast Cancer Awareness – all women are at risk for breast cancer. White women are more likely to get breast cancer than any other racial group, yet they have a better chance of survival because of earlier detection. African-American women are more likely to die from breast cancer because of late detection. Working through a network of individuals, the Coalition is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by bringing awareness to funding research grants, educational seminars, screening and treatment projects in the community.
- Education About HIV/AIDS – The Coalition has a mobilization effort to encourage women of all ages to “Get Educated, Get Involved, Get Tested, and Get Real about AIDS.” Our emphasis is toward black women based on statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control that indicate that African Americans account for 42 percent of cases in the United States. The rate of women diagnosed with in 32 states is 19 times higher than that of white women and five times higher than Hispanic women.
- Partnership with the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry – The Metropolitan Nashville Chapter and the Nashville Coalition of 100 Black Women Foundation, Inc., have partnered with the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College. The Coalition is supporting the center through fundraising and volunteer activities to educate women of color on health disparities and how simple lifestyle changes can make a healthier life for them and their families. The center will consolidate biomedical and behavioral research, addressing the health issues that disproportionately affect women of color. It is believed to be the nation’s first center devoted solely to scientific research on women of color, and has kicked-off a five-year $9 million fundraising goal to help create three core facilities: radiological, exercise and behavioral.
Nashville OIC/My Sister’s Closet
The Coalition has partnered with the Nashville Opportunities Industrialization Center to provide career educational workshops, professional career planning and dress-for-success clothing. Initiated in 1995, NOIC provides job training and welfare-to-work initiatives for low-income women. Through the My Sister’s Closet program, clothing is provided that is suitable for job interviews and professional careers. Women participating in NOIC have the opportunity to choose clothing of their choice at no cost. Members of the Coalition regularly restock the closet with a wide range of clothing. Donations for clothing drives may be dropped off daily.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Nashville Chapter, and the Nashville Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. annually sponsor the Sister-for-Sister Conference as their major educational service project. Their goal is to assist women toward becoming economically independent and politically effective while building networking opportunities. By combining resources and strategies, the Chapter and the Foundation seek to affect change in the Nashville community. The Sister-for-Sister Conference attracts hundreds of women each year who are looking to improve their personal and professional well being. Participants gain insight and practical tools for enhanced living from speakers with vast knowledge in education, economics, politics, health care and other hot-button issues. Women who are working toward entering the workforce are invited to participate in preparation for their careers. Learn more about the 2018 Conference – click here.
Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award
The Davis-Galloway Empowerment Award was introduced at the 2004 Sister-for-Sister Conference to recognize Nashville Chapter charter members Ivanetta Davis and Lettie Galloway. The accomplishments, leadership, and character of the namesake recipients inspire women of color to ascend to leadership in the Nashville community. The award is presented annually at the Women of Color Luncheon to recognize and honor women who have ascended to leadership through outstanding advocacy, effective networking and superlative community service. Learn more – click here.
The Danita L. Marsh Award
Danita L. Marsh, a Nashville police officer who suffered life-altering injuries during a routine domestic violence call, was honored by members of the Coalition at the 2007 Sister-for-Sister Conference. Officer Marsh was praised for her bravery, dedication and loyalty. The Coalition honored her with a scholarship dedicated in her name to the University of Tennessee, Martin campus.
Women Vote Early
The Coalition works to increase the number of women voters through registration drives and education initiatives. The Coalition has placed significant focus on voter registration and early voting. The Coalition also has assisted in providing transportation to and from the polls for early voting.
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African American Women on Boards
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW), Metropolitan Nashville Chapter has announced the establishment of a leadership development certification program in collaboration with Belmont University designed to train and prepare African-American women for leadership service on nonprofit, government and corporate boards.
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