The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) is a 501©3, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement, leadership opportunities and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The National Coalition strives to create an enlightened community by engaging people in all aspects of public life through service/volunteerism, advocacy, leadership development and voting.
The National Coalition was founded on May 6, 1976. For nearly 40 years, The National Coalition has served as an effective convener and facilitator at the local, state and national levels of efforts to address the disenfranchisement of underserved and other marginalized communities through leadership development, civic engagement and issue organizing.
The National Coalition has a national membership of organizations representing a diverse constituency base including civil rights, labor, and business organizations; fraternities and sororities; women, youth, educators, faith leaders, public policy makers, researchers and others.
The National Coalition adopted a year-round civic engagement program structure in 2003 and has established twelve (12) state-based affiliates, Black Women’s Roundtable and Black Youth Vote! networks and coalitions that work on a year-round basis to: 1) organize non-partisan integrated voter empowerment campaigns; 2) promote women and girls empowerment; 3) mentor young Black men, boys and girls on civic leadership and engagement; and 4) promote affordable broadband expansion and adoption in urban and rural communities.
The National Coalition seeks to encourage full participation in a barrier-free democratic process. Through technology, educational programs and civic leadership training, the Coalition works to expand, strengthen and empower Black communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.