National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Records, Cleveland Club

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women (f. 1935) is a national nonprofit organization founded in New York City whose mission is to “promote and protect the interests of African-American business and professional women; to serve as a bridge for young people seeking to enter business and the professions; to improve the quality of life in the local and global communities; and to foster good fellowship.” It contains six districts in the United States and one international division. The Cleveland Club is a part of the North Central District of the national organization which was founded in 1965. The Cleveland Club provides leadership development and networking opportunities to professional working women in Cleveland and northeast Ohio. It also awards college scholarships to youth and increases awareness of economic, educational, and other social issues facing the Black community through community service. The organization’s most popular event, the Annual Founder’s Day Breakfast, attracts local and national speakers to discuss a variety of domestic and international topics, as well as honoring women’s occupational achievements and commitment to volunteerism with professional and student awards, and the prestigious Sojourner Truth Award. The collection consists of articles, certificates, correspondence, event programs, invitations, lists, newspaper clippings, notes, photographs, and tickets.