The Daytona Beach Community Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. is marking 75th years of service to the community this year.
As part of its celebration, the section is seeking memorabilia from the past to the present that may be stored in closets and garages.
“We have a committee working on writing a history that we hope to publish in the fall as part of a special weekend of events in November celebrating our 75th anniversary,” said Dr. Irma Jamison, president of the local section.
“We think that there is some information out there boxed up and/or hiding in closets of some of our older members such as programs and photos that we would love to have,” Jamison said.
Founded by Bethune
This section, for example, staged the annual debutante Cotillion for many years, according to Valerie Whitney-Lowery, co-chair of the 75th anniversary committee.
“We know that one of the earliest Cotillions was staged in the gymnasium at then Bethune-Cookman College (now University),” Lowery said. She asks that anyone with information or memorabilia call 386-253-1753. Materials will be returned to the owners.
“It is important that we record our history for generations of women to come,” Lowery said.
The National Council of Negro Women Inc. was founded by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune in December 1935.
The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C. With its 28 national affiliate organizations and its more than 200 community-based sections, NCNW has an outreach to nearly four million women, all contributing to the peaceful solutions to the problems of human welfare.
The mission of the non-profit is to advance opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families and communities. Membership is open to all regardless of race.