The Brooklyn Club


Brooklyn Club History

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:

  • Award Scholarships to Outstanding Brooklyn Scholars
  • Educate youth on rewards and risks of social media use 
  • Hosted Men of Distinction Scholarship Awards Brunch
  • Participated in the Best of Brooklyn Christmas Toy Distribution
  • Participated and raised money for Breast Cancer education and treatment
  • Hosted job fairs and employment conferences
  • Hosted workshops at two community based battered women's and children's shelters; donate toys and clothing at Christmas.
  • Host Lipstick Leadership Series 
  • Raise money for health causes that disproportionately affect our community
  • Host workshops for high school students at Acorn Community High School.
  • Donated Thanksgiving food baskets to the needy.

Charter Members


C. Alexander     

D. Bostic              

D. Chapman      

E. Charlton         

G. Dickerson       

E. Dillard               

M. Dabney         

M. Foster      

A. Griffin   

Ruth Handy

D. Harris

Mrs. Jackson

M. Johnson

E. Martin

E. Miller

A. Persons

V. Powell

D. Spaulding

B. Thompson

 M. Walter

B. Wright

The Brooklyn Club NANBPWC

Chartered  1945


Lorrie Ayers-Hutchinson

Director of Membership

Deborah Ballard

NANBPWC, Inc. Mission

Our mission is to promote and protect the interests of African American business and professional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in the local and global communities; and to foster good fellowship.


1806 New Hampshire Ave, N.W.

Washington, DC 20009

(202) 483-4206



NBUFC # 10458

(National Black United Federation of Charities)