The Michigan Association of Black Social Workers (MABSW) is a chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers. The organization was incorporated on August 14, 1972. The purpose includes, but is not limited to the following:
To identify those problems confronting Black people and to bring to bear the full force of our expertise on the resolution of these problems through public education, social action, and advocacy.
To provide a structure and forum through which Black practitioners and Black social workers in related fields of Health, Education, Social Services, and Social Welfare can exchange ideas, provide services, and develop programs in the interest of Black people.
To implement and establish the necessary groundwork to effect linkage between Black people.
To work in cooperation with Black people to develop and sponsor community welfare projects which will serve the interest of the Black community at large.
To promote involvement of Black people in social work education; to work with and on the behalf of Black students and the community.
To provide continuing educational expertise for our membership to enhance their professional practice in promoting the general welfare of the Black community.
To expect Black Social Workers to evaluate continuously their performance as it affects the Black community in an effort to maximize the quality of service available and provide the services needed in the Black community.
To work with other concerned organizations with similar goals.
We, the members of the Michigan Association of Black Social Workers, involved in the human services delivery system that relates to the needs of Black people,declare ourselves to be advocates of the Black Community.
As advocates, our finances, energies, and time will be devoted to the development and implementation of programs and policies that reduce threat and enhance the growth of Black liberation.
We regard as our primary obligation the welfare of the Black individual, the Black family, and the Black community, which includes action for improving social conditions. We recommend, therefore, that we adopt a combination of separation and coalition around all pertinent issues.
We adopt the concept of a Black extended family and embrace all Black people as our brothers and sisters, making no distinction between their destiny and our own.
We hold ourselves responsible for the quality and extent of service we perform, and shall be concerned about the quality and extent of services performed by the agency or organization in which we are employed, as it relates to the Black community. We give precedence to this mission over our personal interests.
In America today, no Black person, except the selfish or irrational, can claim neutrality in the quest for Black liberation nor fail to consider the implications of the events taking place in our society. Given the necessity for committing ourselves to the struggle for freedom, we as Black Americans practicing in the field of social welfare, set forth this statement of ideals and guiding principles.
If a sense of community awareness is a precondition to humanitarian acts, then we as Black social workers must use our knowledge of the Black community, our commitments to its determination, and our helping skills for the benefit of Black people as we marshal our expertise to improve the quality of life of Black people. Our activities will be guided by our Black consciousness, our determination to protect the security of the Black community, and to serve as advocates to relieve suffering of Black people by any means necessary.
Therefore, as Black social workers we commit ourselves, collectively, to the interests of our Black brethren and as individuals subscribe to the following statements:
I regard as my primary obligation the welfare of the Black individual, Black family, and Black community and will engage in action for improving social conditions.
I give precedence to this mission over my personal interest.
I adopt the concept of a Black extended family and embrace all Black people as my brothers and sisters, making no distinction between their destiny and my own.
I hold myself responsible for the quality and extent of service I perform and the quality and extent of service performed by the agency or organization in which I am employed, as it relates to the Black community.
I accept the responsibility to protect the Black community against unethical and hypocritical practice by any individual or organizations engaged in social welfare activities.
I stand ready to supplement my paid or professional advocacy with voluntary service in the Black public interest.
I will consciously use my skills, and my whole being as an instrument for social change, with particular attention directed to the establishment of Black social institutions.