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NABMW Chicago Chapter Installation Ceremony

February 18, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW)

The Installation ceremony will start the first NABMW Chapter in the state of Illinois. Marine Corps veteran Arlene Duncan will be the President of the Chicago Chapter. The twelve founding members of the Chicago Chapter are as follows: Arlene Duncan, Janell Colbert, Alexandra Andrew, Sandra Claude, Brenda K. Williams, Cassandra Taylor, Ushelor Lowery, Wanda Barnes, Solomon Duncan, Kayliesha Parker, Wanda Daniel and Sidney Covington.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries attended the National Installation Ceremony in Brooklyn New York last month on Jan 14.

NABMW History:

The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) is an association of women located throughout the country who are veterans and current members of the United States Armed Forces. It was founded under the former name of “The Black WAAC, WAC, Women in Service.” Black Military Women existed or served during American Revolution, World War One, World War Two and Korean Wars. There was no media, documentaries, displays. Nothing in the history books. Black Military Women were not shown in war movies.

Our Mission Statement:

To seek out, record, maintain and tell the history and heritage of African-American Military Women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Our Motto:

“To Tell HerStory”

Gladys Carter was the founder of The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW).

Mary McLeod Bethune, championed for the inclusion of Black women in WAC to serve overseas.


Gladys Carter was one of the 855 black women who served in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. The 6888th consisted of only all black women and they deployed overseas during World War II.


The 6888th was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in March 2022.


The Installation Ceremony is inspirational in nature and leaves the officers and the community with a sense of appreciation for the military service of black women such as the women who served in the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion and many more and the volunteers who have taken an oath of office to continue carrying out the mission of NABMW.



February 18, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
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SGT James W. Robinson Jr. USAR Center
7400 S. Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629 United States
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