Our history dates back to 1944, when our illustrious National President, Ruth Handy, called 21 prominent African American women of Brooklyn to organize the Brooklyn Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Incorporated. They included some of the first African American Public School Teachers, Doctors, Journalists, Funeral Directors, Social Workers, Music Teachers, other entrepreneurs. They received the national charter in November 1945 in Chicago at the National Convention.
The Brooklyn Club is steadfast in its volunteering efforts in the National mandated forums in Heath, Education, Employment and Economic Development (HEED), NANBPWC, INC & AHA/ASA, INC Partnership for health programs (American Heart Association & American Stroke Association) , Women History ,and “Power of Our Dollars” Programs/ Projects.
The Brooklyn Club and its Youth Club successfully hosted the Northeast District 2008 Youth and Beta Psi Conference, titled “Youth Financial Literacy and Career Summit” for youth ages 12-18 years old. This forum was completely funded and admission was free. This effort highlighted collaborative nature of The Brooklyn Club and proves that great things can happen in Brooklyn when club sisters work together, putting their creative minds, energy and talents into motion.
Some of our past and present projects: