"Weaving a New Tapestry in African Centered Advocacy"
The Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprises people of African Ancestry, committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African Ancestry through advocacy, human services, and research. The 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 capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish.
The Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., 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. We envision a chapter where our social work and human service students at local colleges and universities are fully supported to achieve their dreams/goals. We envision a chapter that provides supervision for clinical licensure to our members. We envision a chapter that has a presence on social media to provide resources and information about the community, social justice issues and chapter programming. We envision a chapter with actively organized committees comprised of members. We recruit, reactivate and retain a minimum of 50 members.
History of RABSW
The Richmond Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., was founded in 1971. Our founding members are Dr. Norma Goode, Hilda Warren, Willie Dell, James "Jim" Ryan, Thomas "Tom" Baynham, Ed Brown, Oliver Epps, Elmer Seay, and Clinton Strane.