The National Black Nurses Association was founded in 1971 by Dr. Lauranne Sams. The first meeting was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles, Inc. became a chapter of NBNA in 1974.

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Dr. Lauranne Sams

The Council of Black Nurses, Los Angeles, was initiated in September, 1968 by Dr. Betty Smith Williams, RN and Mrs. Barbara Johnson, RN, MS. A steering committee and subsequently the founding members of nurse leaders reviewed the precipitating factors that resulted in the Council’s formation. In September, 1968 a call to all black nurses in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas to meet was conducted at Mt. St. Mary ‘s College. The organization with the election of officers and adoption of the Constitution and By-laws, with Dr. Betty Williams as the first President, was established in September, 1969. The Council has continued to grow and has realized many of its objectives.

Founding Members:

  • Marilyn Ball
  • Julia Buckley
  • Enid Blaylock
  • Dr. Rosalie Jackson
  • Susan Bradshaw
  • Gladys Jacques
  • Hughletta Bryant
  • Maxine Davis Hayes


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