NAACP 100 Years

This year is the 100 year anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). For the last century the NAACP has supported causes such as civil rights, economic equality and healthcare.

In July, the NAACP hosted its Annual Convention in New York City, the city where the organization was founded. President Barack Obama joined in the centennial celebration and made remarks about this historic milestone. "For 100 years the NAACP has pushed us to acknowledge the humanity in each other and ensure that our laws follow suit. You (the NAACP) have inspired us to strive for that mountaintop even when the climb seemed steep and for that I honor you, I congratulate you, and I wish you another century of accomplishment as extraordinary as your first," he stated. "It's humbling to think of the progress made possible by ordinary folks who refused to settle for the world as it was and instead stood up and fought to remake the world as it should be," he concluded.

During the convention, the NAACP outlined its plans for the future and set the stage for next year.

Thanks to a grant from the Verizon Foundation, Verizon and the NAACP have partnered to build an online, interactive, educational timeline that will highlight the NAACP's rich history. Using assets from Verizon Foundation's free educational web site - www.thinkfinity.org - historic photographs, media clips, and artifacts from the collections of the NAACP and the National Museum of American History, the timeline will create an engaging, fun and interactive tool that brings history to life and supports the learning of school aged children and adults. The timeline's resources will demonstrate the NAACP's influence on a wide range of topics in addition to civil rights including science/medicine, arts/humanities, literacy/education, economics, the law, and politics. The timeline will be an interactive, easy way for formal and informal educators, students, parents, and the general public to understand the NAACP's influence and accomplishments.

The NAACP was founded in New York City in 1910. W.E.B Dubois was the first African American among the organizations executives, and was named the director of publications, establishing the NAACP's official journal, The Crisis, still in publication today. By 1917 the organization had established itself as a legal advocate with a series of important court decisions many based on voting rights and grew to have over 90,000 members and 300 branches. In 1954 with the overturning of the separate but equal doctrine in Brown vs. Board of Education, the NAACP began to diversify its goals. The NAACP now focuses on disparities in economics, healthcare, education, voter empowerment and the criminal justice system all while continuing to be a legal advocate for civil rights issues.

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