The Association of Black Social Workers  of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc.

Members privileges will include occasions to CONNECT, LEARN, SAVE, as well as opportunities for EXPOSURE and CAREER GROWTH!!

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About Us

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Civil Rights, Black Consciousness, and the Black Social Work movements converged in the struggle for Black liberation.

Black social workers organized across the country in major cities to address racism, poverty, the need for self determination and empowerment of the Black family and community. After the walkout by 400 Black social workers on May 29th, 1968, the National Association of Black Social Workers was formed to provide leadership and “a more consistent basis for unified action.” Actions were targeted at local, state, national, and international levels.
The Metropolitan D. C. Chapter hosted the Second National Conference of NABSW at Howard University from Feb. 21 – 23, 1970, sponsored by the Howard University School of Social Work and the Washington Urban League. The Chapter was led by John L. Clark, Chairman,Robert A. Keyes, Co- Chair, Viola Jefferson, Treasurer, and James Workman, National Steering Committee Member. After the Conference, the Chapter phased out. Under the leadership of Jay Chunn and James E. Craigen, the Chapter was reestablished in 1972 – 73, and has been actively engaged in the liberation struggle for forty+ years.
In the Joy and Spirit of Harambee.

Our Mission

The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy professional development or training, human services delivery, and research. 

National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc. will work to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation, and cultural oppression. In collaboration with national, international, and other appropriate groups, NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop the capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish. NABSW’s vision is guided by the Principles of the Nguzo Saba, which are Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, and the Seven Cardinal Virtues of Ma’at, which are Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony. 


Our monthly meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every month at Howard University’s campus in the Social Work Faculty lounge on the 3rd floor.
School of Social Work Building
from 6:30-8:30pm.
We hope to see you there!


Our Work

As Black social workers we commit ourselves, collectively, to the interests of our Black brethren. Our activities are guided by our Black consciousness, our determination to protect the security of the Black community, and to serve as advocates to relieve suffering of Black people by any means necessary.

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Membership Benefits

Discounted Full-Time Student Membership

Networking Opportunities

Access to webinars and online trainings

Access to NABSW Position Papers and Position Statements

Book and Tuition Scholarships for eligible student members

Awards to recognize individual and chapter accomplishments

Website Exposure

Presenter opportunities

Continuing Education Units

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We are excited to have you join us for another amazing year, your active participation in our Chapter is really needed.  We need YOU to move the mission of the ABSW DC Chapter as we continue to uplift and empower the African American community.  

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