Alabama A&M alum selected to chair NCNW Board

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AAMU alum Dr. A. Lois Keith was appointed as the new chairperson of the NCNW Board. (WAOK via Facebook)

An Alabama A&M alum was recently chosen to lead one of the most prominent organizations in the African American community, the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. has announced that educator, community organizer and civil rights advocate Dr. A. Lois Keith has been elected to serve as NCNW Board chair.

Keith was elected during the organization’s recent 60th National Convention in Washington, D.C. in December. Here’s more info on Dr. Keith’s impressive achievement:

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Meet Dr. A. Lois Keith

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New NCNW Board chair Dr. A. Lois Keith is actively involved in NCNW and has dedicated much of her life to its mission and its purpose. (AAMU)

Dr. Keith received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in General Science from Alabama A&M. She received her Master’s in Middle School Education from Georgia State University and she also studied at Mercer University.

She had a stellar teaching career with the Henry County School System for 30 years, in addition to serving as the Math Department Chair and Beta Club Sponsor. Her many accolades include Teacher of the Year 1991-92 and 2000-2001, nomination to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the Principal’s Award 1995-1996. 

In addition to her longtime role as an educator, Keith also is actively involved in NCNW and has dedicated much of her life to its mission and its purpose. In 2016, at the NCNW’s 57th National Convention, she was honored to serve as co-chair of the event, and she was elected to the position of National Vice President before her latest appointment as NCNW Board chair.

She has served as the National Membership Chair for both presidents Dr. Dorothy I. Height and Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones.

“I’ve known Dr. Lois Keith professionally and personally for many years. Her work with and for NCNW has been a blessing to our beloved organization. Dr. Keith successfully answered the call to re-imagine the NCNW membership process, and she and Diane Larché joined together to carry that work to another level – including a focus on intergenerational outreach. Dr. Keith is the right person for this time, and I thank her for all she has done and has yet to do for NCNW.”

Ingrid Saunders Jones

Keith will succeed NCNW’s 8th National President and Chair Dr. Thelma T. Daley, who led NCNW’s first hybrid convention in 2022.

About the NCNW Board

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The NCNW has been around since 1935, empowering African American women and promoting social awareness. (NCNW via Facebook)

The National Council of Negro Women was founded in 1935 with the mission to advance the opportunities and the quality of life for African-American women, their families and communities.

NCNW was founded in 1935 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, an influential educator and activist, and for more than fifty years, the iconic Dr. Dorothy Height was president of NCNW.

With its 28 national affiliate organizations and its more than 200 community-based sections, NCNW has an outreach to nearly 4 million women, all contributing to the peaceful solutions of the problems of human welfare and rights.

The national headquarters, which acts as a central source for program planning, is based in Washington, D.C., on Pennsylvania Avenue, located between the White House and the U.S. Capitol. 

“As the Chair of the Board of Directors of our beloved organization, Dr. Lois Keith will continue to be an exceptional NCNW leader. Over the course of her many years of service in NCNW, she has been known for solving problems and developing solutions collaboratively. She motivates others while always remaining humble about her own successes. Dr. Keith embraces the power of intergenerational efforts, and she has impeccable integrity. As Dr. Keith carries out her role as the Chair of the NCNW Board, we can expect our organization to continue to move mightily onward. And it will!.”

Past president and NCNW Board chair Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

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