Dr. Meda H. Chamberlain, former Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women Inc. passed away on August 5, 2011 at age 95. Born on July 11, 1916, Dr. Chamberlain was one of the founding members of the National Council of Negro Women Inc., (NCNW) Los Angeles View Park Section. A native of Marshall, Texas, she received her undergraduate degrees in Education from Bishop College, Texas and a graduate degree in Psychology from USC. She was retired from the Whittier Unified School System, having specialized in Educational Counseling and Teacher Formation Training. Dr. Dorothy I. Height (recently deceased NCNW Chair and President Emeritus) saw great potential in Meda Chamberlain when she joined NCNW in l962. She was a Legacy Life Member and served as a National Officer and Executive Director of the NCNW Black Family Reunion in Southern California. ??Dr. Chamberlain organized the first federally funded project for NCNW’s CETA program which trained and employed hundreds of men and women in Los Angeles County. In 1981, she organized the first food co-opt out of the NCNW Council House and spearheaded the Education 2000 National Program with math, reading and science programs. In 1986 she became the Executive Director of the Black Family Reunion. The annual event was held each year until 1995. One of Dr. Chamberlain’s major accomplishments was coordinating the purchase of the Southern California NCNW building, which is located at 3720 W. 54th Street Los Angeles, Ca.Although NCNW was close to Dr. Chamberlain’s heart, she was a long-time member of Delta Sigma Theta, California Teacher’s Union and St. Paul Baptist Church in Los Angeles. As recently as 2009, Dr. Chamberlain was appointed to serve on President Obama’s “Kitchen Cabinet” and she continued until her health began to fail.
Dr. Chamberlain remained an active member and intricate part of the National Council of Negro Women until her death. She was God-fearing, God-following, God-believing and she will be loved, respected and remembered forever. Her husband, William Chamberlain ( an Engineer and a Veteran ) preceded her in death. ???Funeral arrangements will be handled by Spaulding Mortuary 3045 South La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90016-3903 (323) 934-1181. To contact Dr. Chamberlain’s sister Mary Bush please call 310-885-5990 or call NCNW Los Angeles View Park at 323-301-4697.??Dr. Chamberlain remained an active member and intricate part of the National Council of Negro Women until her death. Her memory will live on. Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 13, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church?100 W. 49th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90037