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Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. records

 Collection
Identifier: M146

Overview

The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. was founded as the Boston Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to provide African American women in Boston with a social and political forum. Founding members included: Vivian Beard, Joan Wallace Benjamin, Carol Nicholson Bolling, Patricia Bush, Callie Crossley, Alice Delgardo, Barbara Edelin, Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, Karen Holmes Ward, Deborah Jackson, Vickie Jones, Dani Monroe, Deborah Murphy, Carolyn Sawyer, Dianne Young, and Dianne Wilkerson. The Boston Chapter was formally chartered in 1991 and was the largest founding chapter in the history of the National Coalition. The Boston Chapter separated from the national organization and incorporated as the Boston Coalition in 1996. The organization sought to provide leadership and access to resources to allow members to become involved in the community through education, social, economic, and civil action. Work sponsored by the organization has included mentoring opportunities, primarily the Sister-to-Sister program, and fundraising and cultural events. In 2000 in addition to its original programs and activities, the Coalition adopted a specific public policy agenda that focused on education and legislation that involves women and children. In collaboration with groups such as the Massachusetts Advocacy Center and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Coalition monitored the development of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Other activity in the community involved Coalition members mentoring girls in detention units, hosting author talks, and partnering with other community service organizations including Project Bread and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

Dates

  • 1993-2007

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Chronology

  • 1990-1991 Boston Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is chartered as largest founding chapter in the history of the national organization. Holds first event at Coolidge Corner Theatre to screen Daughters of Dust.
  • 1995 Holds first Between Sisters conference.
  • 1996 Majority of membership of the Boston Chapter votes to disaffiliate from the National Coalition.
  • 1996-1997 Name changes to Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
  • 1998 Holds second Between Sisters conference.
1990-1991
Boston Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is chartered as largest founding chapter in the history of the national organization. Holds first event at Coolidge Corner Theatre to screen Daughters of Dust.
1995
Holds first Between Sisters conference.
1996
Majority of membership of the Boston Chapter votes to disaffiliate from the National Coalition.
1996-1997
Name changes to Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
1998
Holds second Between Sisters conference.

Presidents

  • 1992-1996 Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard
  • 1996-2000 Gretchen Tucker-Underwood
  • 2000-2001 Carolynn Jones
  • 2001-2003 Sarah Ann Shaw
  • 2003-2005 Beverly Jean Smith
  • 2005- Denise K. Watson
1992-1996
Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard
1996-2000
Gretchen Tucker-Underwood
2000-2001
Carolynn Jones
2001-2003
Sarah Ann Shaw
2003-2005
Beverly Jean Smith
2005-
Denise K. Watson

Extent

1.75 cubic feet (2 containers, 3 flat file folders)

System of Arrangement:

Organized in two series: Series 1. Administration; and Series 2. Events and Programs.

Physical Location

57/1-2, FF4/D5

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. Board of Directors donated the material to Northeastern University in 2007.

Bibliography

  • "History," M146, Box 1, Folder 25.
  • "Board of Directors," M146, Box 1, Folder 4-9.
  • "CityLine," M146, Box 1.
Title
Finding aid for the Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Hanna Clutterbuck
Date
January 2008
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US