NGWCC was formed to be a council for educators, administrators, business leaders, parents/guardians, students, community leaders, and community organizations to address and discuss historical and societal perspectives, write papers, research, educate, and be advocates for girls and women of color. Despite the increase in visibility of girls and women of color in the areas of work and education, the scope needs to continue to widen, so they are a vital part of literature, media, and society. For when this happens, there are undeniable gains for all girls and women of color, and for society to flourish.
As President Obama has stated, “When women succeed, America succeeds.” By addressing and discussing the unique needs of women and girls of color, it will ensure that no one is left is behind and that all daughters of the nation have the tools and mentorship to reach higher ground.
To bring together girls and women of color worldwide to address issues, collaborate, discuss, and take action to eliminate the numerous barriers that continue to stagnate the psychological, emotional, physical, social well-being, and growth of women and girls of color.
Become the leading organization for girls and women of color by providing resources, mentoring, programs, conferences, research, training, speakers, collaborations, guidance, and unity to propel girls and women of color to reach higher ground.
After starting the Intraracial Colorism Project (2009) and I Am Beautiful-Global, Inc. (2013), in 2014, Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth had another vision of starting the National Girls and Women of Color Council (NGWCC). By forming a council of organizations that have the same vision of advancing girls and women of color, she believed it would bring unity and greater insight for the needs of girls and women of color on the local and global scale.
Dr. Culbreth believes the needs of girls and women of color must be addressed with a focus on diversity, higher ground, S.U.C.C.E.S.S., education, empowerment, personal enrichment, professional development, and unity among other areas. She focuses on girls and women of color defying stereotypes and breaking down skin color and racial barriers, specialized glass ceilings, and biased standards of beauty that continue to ignore the diversity of girls and women of color. As noted by Dr. Julie Jung-Kim (2014), “one size does not fit all.” Accordingly, NGWCC aims to blaze the trail for women and girls of color as they continue on the journey to reach higher ground.
Echoing President Obama, “With passion and courage, women have taught us that when we band together to advocate for our highest ideals, we can advance our common well-being and strengthen the fabric of our nation.” Through the networking of like-minded women to advance the lives of girls and women of color, only strength and quality of life for girls and women of color can result.
It is with Dr. Cubreth’s dreams and in collaboration with Dr. Julie Jung-Kim and Ada Elizabeth Culbreth that this council was formed. When women with vision come together within a community, they can change the world and help others to reach their full potential.
Founders of NGWCC
Dr. Julie Jung-Kim
Ada Elizabeth Culbreth