Top 21 African American Professional
Whether you're an African American accountant, attorney or
astrophysicist, there's probably a related professional organization. Joining
an association can provide education in your field, networking opportunities
and advocacy -- all with a focus on issues important to African Americans. Find
the right one for you by checking out this list of 21 of the largest and oldest
- Organization of Black
Designers: Comprised of 3,500 design professionals in visual
communications, as well as graphic, interior, fashion and industrial
Engineering and Science
- American Association of Blacks
in Energy: Founded in 1977; 33 chapters. Specialties include
energy policy, technology and the environment.
- National Organization for
the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers:
Organized in 1972 to build a community of minority scientists and
engineers; 21 professional chapters plus others at colleges and
- National Society of Black
Engineers: Started in 1975, it now has more than 10,000
members, 270 college and university chapters, 75 alumni extension chapters
and 75 precollege chapters. The group's mission is to increase the number
of African American engineers, as well as help them succeed professionally
and to give back to their communities.
- National Society of Black
Physicists: The largest organization of African American
physicists; 16 sections ranging from astronomy, astrophysics and nuclear
physics to technology transfer, business development and entrepreneurship.
Its mission is to promote the professional well-being of African American
physicists within the international scientific community.
Incorporated as the Black Culinarian Alliance in 1998 and now known by its
acronym. A national educational and networking organization that serves
African American and other minority professionals working in hospitality
and food services.
- 100 Black Men of
America: Founded in 1963; now 105-plus chapters with more than
10,000 members. Its mission includes leadership, mentoring, education,
health and economic development.
- Blacks in Government:
Members are civil servants at the federal, state, county and municipal
levels. Founded in 1975; 50 chapters include the Departments of State and
Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and the National Institutes of Health.
- National Black Nurses
Association: Organized in 1971; 76 chapters represent more than
150,000 African American nurses in the US,
Caribbean and Africa.
- National Medical Association:
The oldest (founded 1895) and largest national professional organization
for African American physicians. A leading force for parity in medicine,
it provides educational programs and conducts outreach efforts.
- Student National Medical
Association: The largest organization focused on the needs and
concerns of African American medical students and residents.
Law and Criminal Justice