South Carolina Federation of Colored Women's Clubs

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The Executive Board of the South Carolina Federation of Colored Women's Clubs in front of the Wikinson Home in 1959.

The South Carolina Federation of Colored Women's Clubs (SCFCWC) was an African American women's club founded in 1909 in South Carolina. The umbrella organization was created by Marian Bernie Wilkinson, Sara B. Henderson, Lizella A. Jenkins Moorer, Celia Dial Saxon and other women who met at Sydney Park Church in Columbia,[1] they adopted the motto of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs (NACWC), "Lifting as We Climb."[2] Wilkinson became the first president and worked towards improving education and living conditions for black people in South Carolina,[3] the organization grew to have twenty-five hundred members in 1922.[1] One of the major accomplishments of the SCFCWC was the creation of the Wilkinson Home for Colored Girls in Cayce,[4] the home was originally for girls who had been deemed "delinquent" and later housed orphans.[5]

SCFCWC also raised money for other organizations and causes and ran food drives,[6][7] the organization became a United Way agency in 1960.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Johnson 2010, p. 109.
  2. ^ Jones, Cherisse R. (7 July 2016). "Women's Clubs". South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Johnson 2010, p. 119.
  4. ^ "S.C. Federated Women's Clubs at 'Harvest Festival'". The Pittsburgh Courier. 22 October 1960. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ Rowe 1959, p. 7.
  6. ^ "The South Carolina Federation of Colored". Cayton's Weekly. 21 September 1918. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ "South Carolina Women Raise $11000". The New York Age. 3 July 1920. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ Wendel, Debby (22 June 1976). "Club Doesn't Stop for Summer". Aiken Standard. Retrieved 20 February 2017 – via Newspapers.com. 

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