The National Association of Black Military Women (NABMW) is an association of women located throughout the country who are veterans or current members of the United States Armed Forces. It was founded under the former name of “The Black WAAC, WAC, Women in Service.”
The Beginning: In July 1976 a group of 21 of women who served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars got together at Lucille Brown’s house in Hampton, Virginia . At this chartered meeting, the group decided to locate and invite other former service women to a first reunion that was held in 1978 in Dallas, Texas. Ever since, Biennial Reunions continued and are now Biennial Conventions.
NABMW 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.
A few of the NABMW members were members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion which deployed during World War II and consisted of all black women; 855 black women to be exact.