The personal stories in A History of the National Black Nurses Association, Volume II, 1999–2013 let the reader learn about NBNA from primary sources rather than from an editor’s interpretation. The NBNA leaders who served as national presidents and chartered local chapter presidents have told their own legacies, organizational strategies, successes, and barriers. Each of the ninety NBNA Chartered Local Chapters reveals how or why they became a chapter and their mission and goals, growth and development, involvement with the NBNA, community service projects; how they are able to sustain themselves as an organization; what their future goals are; and finally how they plan to influence and help NBNA grow and sustain itself. Next, the book gives voice to our black heritage, our culture; the legacy of NBNA’s Gospel Choir is told. The five staff members in the NBNA Office, who provide outstanding support to the NBNA leadership, tell their stories next. Two turning points in NBNA’s recent history—a competitive grantsmanship campaign and a Robert’s Rules of Order presentation from Thomas Balch—follow. Each year NBNA has Institutes and a Conference. The dates, locations, and themes are listed in chronological order for the readers to review. Finally, all active members of NBNA are named. This is the most current roster available provided by NBNA at the time of publication. The editors hope the content, stories, and legacies shared in this book will cause the reader to reflect upon the past and get “fired up” for action now and in the future.
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