History of the Champaign Section

The Champaign Chapter of NCNW was created by Odessa Hudson in 1981. For over 28 years our mission has been to promote the physical, mental, social and spiritual advancement of women through commitment, unity self – reliance thereby to improve the quality of life for women, families and communities.

NCNW local section has embraced a wide range of programs, just to name a few, ACT – SO, American Cancer Society, College Scholarships, Crisis Nursery, and Rape Crisis Center.

Here is a report done by the Urban League on the State of Black Champaign County for 1984, it contains essays on the demographic of the community and important issues that were facing the community. Click Here

For more on the Black experience in Champaign listen and view the the WILL-TV specials that was produced in 1968 and 1969. 

To find out more about the the charter members of the organization check out the Photo Gallery.
While the Champaign section was not created until 1981 it is possible to infer or suggest that these women were not isolated to just their network in town. Furthermore, they were possibly inspired by the Chicago NCNW section.

Here are some articles that details their work:

NCNW in Chicago

  1. Negro Women Plan Midwest Meeting Here (October 20, 1946) in the Chicago Daily Tribune         
  2. Women Unit’s Secret Rights Project Bared: Works Undercover in Mississippi (August 30, 1964) in the Chicago Tribune
  3. Black Women’s Organizations More than Fun and Games (January 16, 1977) in the Chicago Tribune
  4. Leader Feels Unions can, Should Be a Bastion of Equal Opportunity (July 7, 1986) in the Chicago Tribune

NCNW in Indiana
A finding aid to the collection of the Indiana Historical Society in Indianapolis