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Feb 12 2021 - 12:00 PM
Today In History: NAACP Is Founded

On February 12th, 1909, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons, and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. As America's oldest and largest civil rights organization, it began in New York City with an interracial group of activists, among them Mary White Ovington, Henry Moskowitz, William English Walling, Oswald Garrison Villard, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Archibald Grimke and Mary Church Terrell. A response to ongoing violence against Afro-Americans, the NAACP advocated for fair legislation, anti-lynching, civil rights rallies and marches, boycotts of discriminatory practices and portrayals, and more. Historic milestones include: The Anti-Lynching Bill (1922); Costigan-Wagner Bill (1935); Voting Rights Act (1965); and "Lift Every Voice and Sing", or the Black National Anthem (first performed in 1900) . Today the organization has approximately 2,200 branches across the country, and more than 500,000 members throughout the world.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.



  • NAACP Seal, Wikimedia Commons
  • Special News Slide, Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries


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