National Black Feminist Organization. (U.S.)


National Black Feminist Organization Collection




University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library


0.2 Linear feet



Historical note

The National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO) emerged from meetings held among African-American women at the New York offices of NOW in May and August 1973. The NBFO pledged itself to address problems of discrimination faced by African-American women due to their race and gender. The group asserted in their 1973 Statement of Purpose: "We, not white men or black men, must define our self-image as black women and not fall into the mistake of being placed on the pedestal which is even being rejected by white women." The NBFO sought to change the portrayal of African-American women in the mass media, raised consciousness about sexual abuse in the African-American community, and fought for higher wages and greater political influence for African-American women. Chapters were organized in several major U.S. cities including Chicago and Detroit, but the national organization dissolved in 1977.

Scope and Contents note

The National Black Feminist Organization Collection includes minutes, correspondence, memoranda, by-laws, published material, and clippings related to the work of the Chicago chapter plus some additional materials from the National Office.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 23 by Andrew Steadham and Lauren Kalal.

Related Archival Materials note

Within this repository: National Alliance of Black Feminists Collection, National Black Feminist Organization Collection.

Outside of this repository: Brenda Eichelberger / National Alliance of Black Feminists Papers - Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Brenda Eichelberger Papers - Chicago History Museum.