Happy Birthday, NAACP!

12 02 2009

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation’s oldest, largest and most familiar grassroots–based civil rights organization. The organization has more than a half-million members and supporters world wide.

 

 The NAACP was created in part as a reaction to the on-going practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois. Early members included white liberals and Black individuals like W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell).

 

The organization’s goal was to obtain the rights expressed in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments for everyone (13th-promise to end slavery; 14th– equal protection under the law; 15th– the right to vote for all males.

 

The main objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups citizens of the U.S. and eliminate race prejudice. It seeks to remove all hurdles of racial discrimination through the democratic processes.

One of the NAACP’s greatest and most well-known achievement  was the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s quest to end segregation in public schools. In case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), the Supreme Court justices unanimously decided that separate educational facilities for black and white students were “inherently unequal.”

For more info on the NAACP, check out their website: http://www.naacp.org.

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