League of Black Women provides access to strategic support for developing and sustaining leadership values and joyful living for Black women. Our goal is to assure that our members emerge within their families, communities, workplaces and various constituencies as exceptional leaders who contribute distinctive, substantial and lasting improvements to the decisions that shape our world.
Founded in the 1970s by Dr. Arnita Young Boswell, an accomplished social worker, educator and activist. She was the Professor of social work at the University of Chicago from 1961 to 1980 and was the Director of social services for children with special needs. Boswell was also the First national director for project Head Start and Director of the women’s division of Chicago Civil rights march led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1966.
LBW was established to provide successful, strategic and sustainable leadership experiences for Black Women through:
- Educational research to communicate the collective voices of Black Women to impact societal issues.
- Promotion of joyful living as an entitled lifestyle for Black Women, their families, communities and workplaces.
- Improvement of the leadership class of Black Women by advancing a generation of 21st century engagement on leadership.
LBW has evolved to meet the needs of Black Women by redefining and adding to its service themes:
- 70’s – Higher Education
- 80’s – Career Development
- 90’s – Networking
- 2000 and beyond – Leadership and Joyful Living