In 1985, our President-elect, Dr. Delta R. Bowers was introduced to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. by the late Diane Flannigan-Montgomery in Washington, DC. who served as the President at that time and was a family friend. During that time, Dr. Bowers was just moving to Washington, DC and discovering many of the exciting experiences that the nation’s capital had to offer. Hence, Dr. Bowers believed that her commitment to the Coalition was not strong enough to achieve the goals of the organization at that time. However, she admired the strength and the courage of the women of color who had undertaken the mission to establish such an organization that empowered women of color. She never forgot the strong emotion that was evoked in her by such powerful women of color. She never forgot the Coalition as she maturated into full womanhood. Hence, she sought out the Coalition via the NCBW Prince William County Chapter vis–a-vis the chapter’s President, Dr. Alice Howard.
In November, 2012, Dr. Bowers, Ms. Carmen Daugherty, Ms. Ann Hill, Mrs. Shelia Mejia-Rosario, Mrs. Tonya Scott-Hickman, and Ms. Cathy Wysong attended the NCBW Prince William County’s Chapter Gala Event. The event was an overwhelming success and wowed all of the ladies. As a result, all of the ladies saw a need to form a chapter in the Richmond Metropolitan Area. They had a yearning desire to advocate and assist in empowering Women and teen girls of color. Dr. Bowers continued her quest of forming first an Interest Group by reaching out to her college friends in different settings. On January 23, 2014, Dr. Bowers, Ms. Cassandra Reynolds, Ms. Sheryl Sweat-Gregory and Ms. Cathy Wysong met for dinner at Mama J’s, to discuss the idea of organizing an interest meeting to form a Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc. Later Dr. Bowers met with Mrs. Mieko Timmons and Ms. Felicia Cosby at Sweet Tea in Shockoe Bottom. After several discussions, we decided to move forward with the notion of forming a chapter. Dr. Bowers sent a letter to the NCBW’s National Board of her intent to form a Richmond Chapter in March, 2014.
On June 12, 2014, an interest meeting was held at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Henrico, VA. Approximately 40 women attended. The event was designed to introduce professional women in the Richmond Metropolitan Area to the notion of forming a chapter in Richmond, VA and to determine the level of interest. Conversations ensued about the next meeting, other potential members, and interest in the different tasks to ensure a successful chapter. A second interest meeting was held on July 7, 2014 at 501 E. Franklin St, Richmond, VA to discuss the vision of making the idea become a reality. A meet and greet event
was held on September 23, 2014 at the C’est Le Vin restaurant for ladies to mingle and to be provided the information necessary to establish a chapter.
The initial application to the NCBW National Board was sent on October 13, 2014 for the establishment of our Organizing Group. The Chapter had its National Technical Training visit on November 8, 2014. The training was conducted by the National President, Mrs. Michele McNeill-Emery at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club in Henrico, VA.
On Saturday, January 10, 2015, the Richmond Metropolitan Area Organizing Group held its first regular meeting as an Organizing Group and has had subsequent meetings leading up to the March 28, 2015 Chartering Ceremony. Our membership roster includes 42 committed ladies who have bonded together to charter the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter on March 28, 2015. Our mission and platform is three-fold: to advocate on behalf of women and teen girls of color who 1) live in poverty, 2) suffer with mental illness, and 3) are victims of domestic violence.
We are grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have supported the establishment of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter (NCBW RMAC) and we look forward to serving this community as we advocate on behalf of women and teen girls to forge a path forward for a brighter tomorrow.