The Kansas City Chapter
The Kansas City Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, Incorporated (NCBW-KC) received its Charter, Thursday, November 7, 2013 from the national chapter, located in Washington, D.C. The Charter was presented by national board member, Judy Matthews at our installation that was held at Bruce R. Watkins Heritage Center in Kansas City, Missouri on behalf of Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq., National President of the National Congress of Black Women, Incorporated,
The local purpose of the Kansas City Chapter, is to invigorate and empower Black Women to utilize their own creativity and ideas in the decision-making process so that local solutions to education, economic, political and cultural issues that adversely affect Black Communities may be developed.
The Chapter received its Charter under the leadership of Founding Chair, Sylvya J. Stevenson, a native of Kansas City, Missouri. The Kansas City Chapter was co-founded by ten women and those founding members were:
Mrs. Tinka Barnes, MD
Ms. Stephanie Bunting
Ms. Felicia Burns-Smith, RN, BSN
Ms. Mia Harvey
Ms. Camry Ivory
Ms. Courtney Pauley
Mrs. YaLonda Smith-Johnson
Ms. Neichele Stevenson
Mrs. Shirley Stevenson
Ms. Sylvya Stevenson, MPA
The formation of the Kansas City Chapter began March 2011. Formatting the Chapter required the organizing chair to identify nine women committed to both, carrying out the efforts to acquire a charter and help recruit active members to meet the annual 25-member requirement in accordance with the national bylaws. On October 23, 2013, the Articles of Incorporation for the Kansas City Chapter was established with the State of Missouri.
November 7, 2013, the Chapter was legally formed as a 501 (c) (3) not for profit, sister organization under the National Chapter in accordance with the national bylaws. The Kansas City Chapter was determined to establish foundation so that the organization may continue to empower Black women through unity, sisterhood, leadership and advocacy. During the year of inception, the Chapter launched its first program, the Annual Youth and Parent Back to School Breakfast to heighten awareness of healthy eating and increased physical activity at home with family. The NCBW-Los Angeles Chapter and local organizations like,100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City and Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church supported our efforts as a new not for profit business. Businesses like, Job Corps, CHES, Inc., Save A Lot Stores, and Blue Hills Church of the Nazarene offered partnerships.
In the first full year of existence, the Kansas City Chapter hosted Career and Resume Workshops at local women shelters to provide resources and skill-training to help women land the job to which they were being interviewed. Additionally, with the support of the U.S. Department of Education and Equal Education Opportunity Center (EEOC) agency, the chapter hosted a college financial aid seminar for parents, their children and students. In 2014, the chapter held its first Election of Officers. Elected as First Vice Chair was LaNeise Butler. The first Voter Education workshop was launched in 2014. Coalitions were being formed by not for profit leaders and community agencies in different areas of the City, and the Kansas City Chapter was invited to a seat at the table.
The NCBW National Founder and First National Chair, Shirley Chisholm and her successor, Dr. C. Delores Tucker, legacy lives on through Women, and especially, those Black Women eager for leadership and entrepreneurship opportunities in Kansas City. The Kansas City Chapter is honored to have established a legacy of our own in the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan.
November 3rd was officially declared National Congress of Black Women Day by Mayor Sylvester "Sly James" Jr. and Members of Council of the City of Kansas City on October 27, 2016.
November 1, 2017, Founding Chair, Sylvya Stevenson was succeeded by the Carleane Hawkins, current chair serving a three-year term.