10 National Organizations Serving the Black Community

Little known to many people are the several African American organizations that serve the Black community. Here are 10 historical organizations that provide great services throughout the nation.


1. National Black Business Council, Inc.

The National Black Business Council is an organization dedicated to creating and advancing African-American businesses through a national alliance of African-American companies and economic development organizations.


2. Be Someone, Inc

Be Someone is an organization that uses several tools, including the game of chess, to promote higher self-esteem among at-risk kids.


3. National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS)

The National Association of Black Storytellers promotes and perpetuates the art of Black Storytelling, which embodies the history, heritage, and culture of African Americans.


4. National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC)

The National Black Chamber of Commerce, incorporated in Washington, D.C., in March 1993, represents over 95,000 African-American–owned businesses and provides advocacy that reaches one million African-American-owned organizations.


5. United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest, oldest, and most successful minority higher-education assistance organization. The organization was founded on April 25, 1944, by Frederick D. Patterson. It is recognized by its slogan: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.


6. National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

The mission of The National Black Nurses Association is to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses. They aim to investigate, define, and determine the health care needs of African Americans, and implement change to make health care for Black Americans and other minorities commensurate with that of the larger society. The Association, founded in 1971 in Cleveland, Ohio., was founded by Dr. Lauranne Sams.


7. National Urban League

The National Urban League is a civil-rights organization focused on the economic empowerment of underserved urban communities. The organization is the oldest and largest community-based organization of its kind in the United States.


8. 100 Black Men of America

The mission of 100 Black Men of America is to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans.


9. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all people, and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The organization was established in 1909 by Moorfield Storey, Mary White Ovington, and W. E. B. Du Bois. Headquarters of the organization is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

10. Miss Black USA

Miss Black USA provides educational opportunities to outstanding young women of color in order to develop young women’s minds, bodies, and spirits. The organization is based out of Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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