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Historically, the NCNW emphasized employment, civil rights, anti-lynching, and voter registration. In the 1970s, more training for self-help and economic opportunity was added, and later more emphasis on strengthening the black family.
During World War II, the NCNW helped recruit women for the Women's Army Corps.
NCNW moved to national headquarters in Washington, DC, in 1942, and received tax-exempt status in 1966.
In 1979, NCNW founded the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum, including the National Archives for Black Women's History.
National annual Black Family Reunion Celebrations have been held since 1986.
Current projects include the Dorothy I. Height Leadership Institute; Bethune Program Development Center; and the Research, Public Policy and Information Center. Recent international programs have included projects in Egypt and Senegal.
Bettye Collier-Thomas. N.C.N.W., 1935–1980. 1981.
also see books by and about Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy Height