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Chartered on December 1, 1965, the Durham Section of the National Council of Negro Women. Inc. continues to fulfill the vision of our beloved founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune. As a 501(c) 3 charitable organization, it is through our collaborative efforts of advocacy, volunteerism, service, and leadership that we lead, develop and advocate for African American women, their families, and communities.

Service is the framework for activities, programs and projects of the Durham Section. The Section has hosted several events over the years, recognizing and honoring our citizens, volunteers, and leaders during the our notable Educational – Community – and Social events: The Bethune-Height Recognition Luncheon, The Harambee Program, The Women’s History Month Program, Health Awareness Activities, gifting Scholarships, Holiday visits to local senior centers, donating Thanksgiving food baskets, Adopt-A-School Supportive Activities, cultural outings, and worship services to name a few.

Our Past Presidents

Adeline Spaulding 1957-1961

Alma Wade 1966-1968

Thelma Denson 1980

Elna B. Spaulding 1980-1982

Dr. Johnnie B. McLester 1982-1984 

Dr. Linda R. Hubbard 1984-1986

Minerva W. Evans 1986-1988

Louise W. Weeks 1988-1991

LaHarve M. Johnson 1991-1993

Jacqueline D. Jones 1993-1995

Shirley G. Lassiter 1995-1997

Barbara C. Thomas 1997-1999

Shawn P. Jeter 1999-2001

Dr. Louise Gooche 2001-2003

Rosetta L. Clark 2003-2005

Ernestine K. Turner 2005-2007

Edna Edwards-Titus 2007-2009

Betty R. Reed 2009-2011

Deloris Baker Hargrove  2011-2013, 2014-2016

Joyce Blackmon Scarborough 2016-2018

Cora Cole-McFadden 2018-2020

Saundra Cropps 2020-2022

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