Mary Ann Shadd  and Margaret Rose Henry

Civic Engagement Program


Mary Ann Shadd-Carey

Mary Ann Shadd Cary (October 9, 1823 – June 5, 1893) was an American-Canadian anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher, teacher and lawyer. She was the first black woman publisher in North America and the first woman publisher in Canada.

2021  Statewide Virtual Cohort Schedule Thursdays

May 20-June 24

6:30  - 8:30 pm

Application deadline: April 30,2021 

Thurs, May 20, 2021
Thurs, May 27, 2021
Thurs, June 3, 2021
Thurs, June 10, 2021
Thurs, June17, 2021
Thurs, June 24, 2021

Margaret Rose Henry

Margaret Rose Henry was the first African-American woman to serve in the Delaware State Senate.  She is known for her extraordinary commitment to public service with an emphasis on working to improve the lives of women, children, families, and the elderly.

2020 Cohort Graduates   


The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc - Delaware Chapter is pleased to be a recipient of the 2018 Fund for Women grant.  The Fund for Women grant is an endowment held at the Delaware Community Foundation. The interest from this endowment is given in grants to women’s and girls’ programs in Delaware each year. 

NC100BW-DE was awarded this grant to launch the Mary Ann Shadd Cary and Margaret Rose Henry Civic Engagement Program targeting black women statewide for leadership development.  The effort to embark on such an initiative was the vision of  Melanie S. Daniels -  Immediate Past President, Mary Anne Miller -  NCBW & James Baker - Former Mayor Wilmington, DE.  The project is designed to measurably increase the civic engagement of participants through awareness of and improved access to training and leadership development. While there is an emphasis on the engagement of black women, all interested women ages 18 and older will be encouraged to enroll. More information coming soon!