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NABMW HISTORY

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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 reunion that was held in 1978 in Dallas, Texas.

PFC GLADYS CARTER, Founder of NABMW

It was at this meeting that the members of the Black WAAC/WAC/Women in Service group discuss the issues of members getting older and many dying.  We were losing our history and the sad thing was the younger generation of soldiers, families and friends didn't know that Black Military Women existed or served during American Revolution, World War I, World War II and Korean War.  There was no media, documentaries, or displays.  Nothing was in the history books.  Black Military Women were not shown in war movies. There was nothing in place to capture Black Military Women's history.  The ladies at this reunion realized that members got older, memories were lost and no one was capturing the history of black military women.  The members at this reunion realized that it was not the responsibility of anyone else except the Black Military Women to capture, record and tell their own story.  They also realizes that we needed to officially organize to accomplish this mission.

The Black WAAC/WAC/Women in Service was mainly made up of Army veterans due to the buddy system of inviting fellow comrades to the reunion.  So Army veterans invited who they knew which were other Army soldiers.  There was one or two women from the other services.  It was decided that the new official organization would be open to all Armed Services of the United States.  During that meeting, it was decided that COL DOLORES HAMPTON, LTC MARIAM BARBARY, MAJ LAURIE BRASHER AND MAJ KATHALEEN HARRIS would assist in getting the organization started. 

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