GBS History

The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. has impacted the Baltimore community since 1943.  In that year Kate Sheppard along with Victorine Adams, Juanita Mitchell, Vivian Alleyene and Emma Dudley founded the Metropolitan Council of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. to address social needs and political change in Baltimore City.  Vivian Alleyene was its first president and Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was the national NCNW president at that time.

In the early seventies a national reorganization of NCNW took place and the section was renamed Greater Baltimore Section-National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (GBS-NCNW, Inc.).  On November 30, 1970 the section was chartered by the national NCNW president Dr. Dorothy Irene Height.  Elizabeth Demby was the president of GBS-NCNW at that time.