Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs

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Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs
Founded atMississippi
TypeWoman's club

The Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, Inc (MSFCWC) is an African American woman's club located in Mississippi. The umbrella organization, affiliated with the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) was founded in 1903.[1] The headquarters of the club are located in Jackson.[2] The organization had an annual convention[3][4] and was organized into committees.[5] MSFCWC sponsored scholarship opportunities,[6] and provided resources for black people in Mississippi.[7]


Educators, Ursula J. Wade Foster, Mattie F. Rowan and Lizzie Coleman created the club in 1903.[1] They had been inspired by visiting the annual session of the Southeastern Association of Colored Women's Clubs which was held in Vicksburg in 1901.[8] By 1906, the annual convention was expected to draw 200 delegates from women's clubs in Mississippi.[9] There was a period of around 6 years prior to 1920 when no annual convention was held, however.[10]

A new clubhouse for the organization was dedicated in Clinton, a town outside of Jackson, in 1953.[11]



  1. ^ a b Morris 2015, p. 9.
  2. ^ "Mississippi Club Women Lease Property to Oil Prospectors; Add to Treasury". The Pittsburgh Courier. 22 February 1947. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Club Women to Meet in November". The Pittsburgh Courier. 7 October 1944. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Local Members Win Statewide Competition". The Delta Democrat-Times. 3 November 1977. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Mississippi Federation of Clubs to Convene in Yazoo City, Oct. 30". The Pittsburgh Courier. 4 October 1947. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Oratorical Winner". Columbian-Progress. 14 November 1963. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  7. ^ Morris, Tiyi M. (2013). "Black Women Activists in Mississippi During the Civil Rights Era, 1954-1974". In Pitre, Merline; Glasrud, Bruce A. (eds.). Southern Black Women in the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Texas A&M University Press. ISBN 9781603449991.
  8. ^ Rayborn, Lela (July 2005). "A Brief History of Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women's Clubs, Incorporated". MSFCWC. Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Colored Women's Clubs". Natchez Democrat. 9 June 1906. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Former Iowa Woman Honored in the South". The Bystander. 28 October 1920. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Mississippi Clubwomen Dedicate New Clubhouse". The Pittsburgh Courier. 21 February 1953. Retrieved 11 February 2017.


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