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The Concerned Black Women of Calvert County Incorporated, also known as CBW, held its first organizing meeting in June 2004. The organization was incorporated, in July, in the state of Maryland.

Organization founders are Doris J. Spencer and Annette J. Funn, two community active citizens who asked themselves the question, “Who is speaking on a variety of issues from the African American perspective?” They realized a need and the rest is history.

The mission of CBW is to address issues concerning education, health, economic empowerment and overall well-being of African American women and families within the county. This mission includes our vision to improve the quality of life for African American families.

We envision ourselves as an advocacy group that uses pro-active, programmatic action, dissemination of information, networking with other community organizations, connecting with people in need of resources and services, cultural influence by sharing our heritage and its impact on today's society, training and personal empowerment. These services include, but are not limited to, adult and youth mentoring programs, information technology training and access to decrease the Digital Divide, identification of Health needs and issues, identification of Special Education issues, establishment of scholarship programs, development of youth and young adult leaders, and participation in the Local and State government decision making process.

The organization is not part of another group and to CBW’s knowledge it is the only one of its kind, which is organized in the nation with this name and a broad based, issue focused agenda. CBW is non-partisan and its membership is open to those who support CBW initiatives. CBW does not support or oppose political candidates.

Doris J. Cammack Spencer states that there is no easy solution to closing the education gap of achievement. Involvement by all the community can make a difference in providing support to young people during their growing years and that includes providing them with a supportive environment and positive experiences to obtain an excellent education. Solving the educational gap in achievement requires everyone to get involved – the school, the parent(s), the community and the church. Too much tax money is spent on educating students to produce results that are not productive for all of our school children and for society. You got to “show up.”

The Founding Members of CBW include: Ernestine Brooks, Charlotte Clark, Barbara Fetterhoff, Annette Funn, Sharon Gray, Bridgette Hird, Doris Holland, Diane Hollaway-Lockamy, Tess Jones-Smith, Glossie Leake, Evelyn Long, Pamela Mackall, Sonia Hinds, Sylvia Parker, Kim Mackall, Barbara Reid, Shirley Smith, Doris J. Cammack Spencer, Dawn Tucker, Kirsti Uunila, and Elena Whipple.