NAACP History

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), founded in 1909, by a bi-racial group of Americans, is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in America. The NAACP was formed, after the deadly 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois and in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching. The NAACP aimed to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, which promised an end to slavery, the equal protection of the law, and universal adult male suffrage, respectively. Accordingly, the NAACP’s mission was and is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.