In June of 1974, Beverly Mason (Thabiti Ambata) attended the American Nurse's Association National meeting held in the midwest United States. Thabiti met Dr. Barbara Norman from Chicago who was culturally active and enthralled Thabiti with news about the 3 year old National Black Nurses Association that Thabiti had no knowledge of before the meeting. Thabiti was so excited that she returned to Baltimore and in August 1974 founded the Black Nurses Association of Baltimore (BNAB). Dr. Norman continued to be a reliable consultant to BNAB for many years.
Chartered members were registered nurses and recent graduates of very strong associate degree programs. These members worked as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) for many years and were enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs at The Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Renee Keyser had already achieved a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. During this time, Associate Degree in Nursing programs were relatively new and an economical way for Black people to become registered nurses. During this time, the chapter spent an extensive amount of energy through chapter activities promoting nursing, mentoring students, supporting, and having workshops for other Black LVN's to become registered nurses through Community College programs.
Chapter members met monthly. These meetings were usually held in hospitals or nursing homes such as Lutheran Hospital and University Hospital.
1974-1981 Beverly Mason, BSN, RN
1981-1982 Shirley Carpenter, RN
1982-1984 Minnie Slaughter, RN
1984-1986 Renee Keyser, MSN, RN*
1986-1989 Barbara Crosby, MSN, RN
1989-1994 Ernestine King-McCoy, MSN, RN
1994-1998 D. Loretta Maddox, RN
1998-2002 Gail Marshall, BSN, RN
2002-2006 Lennita Anderson-Selvey, MA, RN
2006-2009 Ronnie Ursin, MS, RN
2009-2012 Patricia Medley, MS/MPA, RN
2012-2014 Ronnie Ursin, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
2013-2014 Lavonne Sewell, MSN, RN, President-Elect