NABSW Simmons Presents "Taste the Difference" Event

April 01, 2014

NABSW Revived at Simmons

By Simmons Voice Staff Writer Margaret Teague.

The National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) at Simmons continue to increase their presence with their "Taste the Difference" event.

"This event today is our way of saying, ‘We're here. We're ready to embrace the community,' and for the community to embrace us," said Vice President of the NABSW Simmons chapter, Walter Higgs.

Black Simmons students had expressed their need for support.

"The National Association of Black Social Workers, Inc., comprised of people of African American ancestry, is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research," according to the NABSW website.

The association fights racial domination, oppression, and economic exploitation.

NABSW was created during the Civil Rights Movement in 1968. A chapter of NABSW came to Simmons in 1995, where graduate Professor Johnnie Hamilton-Mason of the social work program served as advisor for 12 years. She was the first African American to graduate from the school of social work.