The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) states its mission as: “The NAACP insures the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and citizens; achieves equality of rights and eliminates race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; removes all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes; seeks to enact and enforce federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights; informs the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and seeks its elimination; educates persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action in furtherance of these principles.” (National Associate for the Advancement of Colored People) Known as the nation 's largest and oldest civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded February 12th 1909. The roots of the NAACP were founded on the premise that all people are created equal; this includes men and women and all races. The foundation may sound simple, however, the effort to fully realize this truth was and still is one of the hardest fought battles in history. The NAACP was created partly in response to the continuing practice of lynching of African Americans and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois; ironically, the resting place of President Abraham Lincoln. In response to the violence carried out against blacks, a group of white liberals that included
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