RICBW is a non-profit organization that enables African-American women to help address the diverse needs of their community through organizing programs, establishing networks, and developing leadership talent. The organization was founded on September 22, 2001 and was a chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. In 2017, in order to focus more on advocacy for local issues affecting Rhode Island Black women and establish a local brand, the chapter left the National organization and changed its name to Rhode Island Coalition of Black Women, Inc.
Our mission is to cultivate, enrich, and empower Black women as advocates for the viability, equality, and equity of the Black community in the areas of employment, education, health, and economic development. As a sisterhood of diversely talented women, we are committed to enriching our communities through volunteerism, advocacy, and activism.
Our Vision and Core Values
In the future we envision, Black women and girls will live in a world where socioeconomic inequality does not exist. Our work reflects our belief in:
- Gender equity
- Racial and social justice
- Integrity and accountability
- Economic empowerment