(n.) The Colored Women’s League was established in Washington, D.C. in 1892 to fight for the rights of black women and later merged with the Federation of Afro-American Women in 1896 to become the National Association of Colored Women (NACW). Mary Church Terrell served as co-founder of both organizations, and the first president of the NACW. Black women had formed their own clubs to organize for rights and desegregation, largely because organizations of white women would not allow Black women in their membership. The National Association of Colored Women became the largest federation of local black women’s clubs across the country.