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Revision as of 01:33, 16 July 2010

The NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is a liberal organization that was founded in 1909 to work for the rights and advancement of African Americans (then called "Colored").

The NAACP has always been the largest organization of its kind; today it has 300,000 members in local chapters around the country. It supported the end of Jim Crow and segregation in the 1960s, and more recently supports affirmative action.

The NAACP was not involved in the famous Brown vs. Board of Education case in 1954 in which the Supreme Court declared segregated schools were illegal. That litigation was handled by an entirely separate organization with a similar name, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

In recent decades it has been torn by internal strife and plays a minor role in national affairs.

In an interview on CNN, Tea Party Express spokesman Mark Williams said the following:

"Racists have their own movement. It's called the NAACP."

Further reading

  • Jonas, Gilbert S. Freedom's Sword: The NAACP and the Struggle against Racism in America, 1909-1969 (2005). 240 pp.
  • Verney, Kevern and Lee Satan, eds. Long Is the Way and Hard: One Hundred Years of the NAACP (2009), 16 essays by scholars