“Lifting As We Climb”: Black Women’s Clubs

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National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs Motto: “Lifting As We Climb.”


In the 1890s, the growth of the Black Women’s club movements expanded in order to prevent lynching. Ida B. Wells-Barnett made a public press announcement in order to confront and prevent certain issues of lynching, education, equality, and women’s suffrage. Wells-Barnett also helped to found Black women’s clubs.

In 1986, women’s clubs joined forces in order to form the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACW). The motto for this organization was “Lifting as we club.” This motto stood for raising awareness for educational and civic improvements for Black America. Other Black women in the south made efforts to create unions and also forge strikes. The National Urban League for the protection of Colored women also emerged, during this time. Black women then progressed to do local work with the NAACP.

Most of the intentions of the Black women’s clubs were to beautify and promote public libraries and hospitals was significant towards getting Black people involved in educating themselves. Clubs were significant in having a voice in what some of the colored education facilities curriculum consisted of. For example, they wanted classes to educated students on slaves as well as more Black History. These clubs demonstrated how all-women’s organizations were working to improve the injustices of Black women, men, and children.