I am proud to be a member of the Association of Black Social Workers NYC Chapter.
ABSW New York City History
The Association of Black Social Workers New York City is proud to present our chapter. Our founders formed us out of their frustration with the oppressive and racist policies in the larger mainstream social work organizations. Many of them claimed they wanted to help the poor and disenfranchised but systematically excluded the Black voice. The New York City Chapter started in June 1967 a year before a group of Black Social Workers united and walked out of a meeting at the National Conference on Social Welfare. They demanded NCSW address racism. According to Dr. Patricia Reid-Merrit’s book, Righteous Self Determination the Black Social Workers in New York City were the first to use the title the Association of Black Social Workers. We take this distinction to heart and continually strive to uphold the principals and guidelines of our founders