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Name of Creator: Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
Title: Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. records
Date: 1993-2007
Reference Code: M146
Location Code: 57/1-2, FF4/D5
Extent: 1.75 cubic ft. (2 boxes, 1 flat file drawer)
Scope and Content Abstract: The collection documents the administration of the Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc., and events and programs sponsored by the Coalition including its Sister-to-Sister mentoring program. Topics covered include community relations, conference planning, and program development. Records include minutes, memoranda, correspondence, conference packets, financial records, newsletters, and photographs.
Historical Abstract:

The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. was founded as the Boston Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to provide African American women in Boston with a social and political forum. Founding members included: Vivian Beard, Joan Wallace Benjamin, Carol Nicholson Bolling, Patricia Bush, Callie Crossley, Alice Delgardo, Barbara Edelin, Carolyn Golden Hebsgaard, Karen Holmes Ward, Deborah Jackson, Vickie Jones, Dani Monroe, Deborah Murphy, Carolyn Sawyer, Dianne Young, and Dianne Wilkerson. The Boston Chapter was formally chartered in 1991 and was the largest founding chapter in the history of the National Coalition.

The Boston Chapter separated from the national organization and incorporated as the Boston Coalition in 1996. The organization sought to provide leadership and access to resources to allow members to become involved in the community through education, social, economic, and civil action. Work sponsored by the organization has included mentoring opportunities, primarily the Sister-to-Sister program, and fundraising and cultural events.

In 2000 in addition to its original programs and activities, the Coalition adopted a specific public policy agenda that focused on education and legislation that involves women and children. In collaboration with groups such as the Massachusetts Advocacy Center and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Coalition monitored the development of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. Other activity in the community involved Coalition members mentoring girls in detention units, hosting author talks, and partnering with other community service organizations including Project Bread and Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries.

Language and Scripts: The collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement: Organized in two series: Series 1. Administration; and Series 2. Events and Programs.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Watson, Denise
  • Shaw, Sarah Ann
  • Smith, Beverly Jean

  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women (U.S.)
  • Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc.

  • African American Women -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
  • Mentoring -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Mentoring in social service -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Political participation -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Conditions Governing Access: The collection is unrestricted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: The Boston Coalition of Black Women, Inc. Board of Directors donated the material to Northeastern University in 2007.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Kimberly Reynolds, January 2008; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, August 2008.