The mission of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW) is to lead, empower and advocate for women of African descent, their families and communities.
NCNW is an “organization of organizations” (comprised of 300 campus and community-based sections and 32 national women’s organizations) that enlightens, inspires and connects more than 2,000,000 women and men. Its mission is to lead, advocate for, and empower women of African descent, their families and communities. NCNW was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist, and for more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW. Johnnetta Betsch Cole was elected Chair of NCNW in 2018, ushering in a new era of social activism and continued progress and growth for the organization. Today, NCNW’s programs are grounded on a foundation of critical concerns known as “Four for the Future”. NCNW promotes education with a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math; encourages entrepreneurship, financial literacy and economic stability; educates women about good health and HIV/AIDS; promotes civic engagement and advocates for sound public policy and social justice.
For more information please visit NCNW national website at https://ncnw.org/
Minnie Hazel Goodlow Page, a charter member of the Concord Missionary Baptist Church founded by the late Reverend Dr. E.K. Bailey, is best remembered for her deep faith in God, love of people and strong conviction regarding the importance of prayer in daily life. Honors noting her faithful service and work in the Concord Church are numerous and include the Minnie H. Page Service Award, a historical Women’s Day observance award. At her beloved Concord, Mrs. Page served as a deaconess, church historian, congregational liaison and advisor in the Women’s Ministry. She taught and counseled youth with a special affinity for their total well-being.
National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section
P.O. Box 381095
Duncanville, Texas 75138-1095
Ms. Hazel Patterson, President
P: (641) 715-3900 (VM)
President Hazel Patterson, a longtime NCNW member, joined the NCNW San Gabriel Valley Section in 1998. She returned to Beaumont, Texas and became a charter member of Beaumont SETX Area Section, where she served as First Vice President and became a Life Member. She later moved to Mesquite, Texas and joined the Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section where she currently serves as President.
Dr. Mollie A. Johnson Williams faithfully serves as Texas State Convener. She is the Immediate Past Northeast Texas Coordinator of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated. Dr. Williams is the Organizer, Advisor, and first President of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated, Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section. Dr. Williams is the NCNW Texas Good Health WINs Project Manager.
Dorothy Allen Chimney is the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Texas State Convener. Also, she is an NCNW life member and a member of NCNW national president’s round table.
Ms. Rochelle Chivers is a native of Dallas, Texas. She attends Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Vincent T. Parker. She received a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Texas Southern University, and a Master of Education in Educational Administration Degree from Prairie View A & M University of Texas.
Rev. Carlyn Houston, Committee Chair
Hazel Patterson, President NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section
Connie Bradley, Immediate Past President
Verna Chivers, First Vice President
Chaplain Mae Margaret Crosby, Financial Secretary
The NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section was officially chartered on August 1, 2001. Dr. Mollie A. Johnson Williams is the Organizer, Advisor, and first President of the NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section. Dr. Williams served as Chair of the Committee on Organization and was assisted by the following committee members:
In considering an appropriate community figure to name the NCNW section in honor of, Dr. Williams nominated the late Mrs. Minnie H. Goodlow Page. Mrs. Page’s name was unanimously approved and submitted to the national headquarters for consideration and approval by the late Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, Chair and President Emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women, Incorporated. Dr. Height is quoted as saying, “I remember Mrs. Minnie Page, and you have made an outstanding choice.”
The Installation of Officers and Chartering Ceremony was held on the Paul Quinn College campus on October 13, 2001. The Theme was “A Challenge to Community/National Service, Lifting Others as We Climb.” Judge Faith Johnson of Dallas County Texas administered the Oath of Office.
The first officers of the NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section follow:
With officers and members in place, the programs and outreach services were organized and implemented. The Power of Prayer Breakfast; The annual Annie Henry Youth Summit; Member Care; Senior Citizens Outreach Program; Thanksgiving Baskets Community Outreach; The Hat and Tea Extravaganza: A Salute to Women of Distinction; African American History Celebration, New Members Reception, and of note, our participation approximately 10 years ago in the “Fit For Life Obesity Project”, a special initiative in conjunction with The National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The officers and members, both past and present, of the NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section continue to serve in an exemplary manner, giving of their time, gifts, and talents. Each year we are broadening the scope of service to others, strengthening existing programs, adding initiatives, and exploring new horizons. In 2019, membership established the first NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section Youth Group. This initiative focuses on preparing our youth to become vessels that honor God and serve this present age with knowledge and skills. In 2020, we are launching the NCNW Minnie H. Goodlow Page Section website. The website will increase visibility and engagement throughout our community. All programs continue to be extremely successful in fulfilling our mission, To lead, empower, and advocate for women of African descent, their families, and communities.
For historical information on the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., please refer to the national website https://ncnw.org/
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