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Fri, 02.12.1909 story

The NAACP is Founded

*This date marks the anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP) in 1909.

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Sun, 07.31.1921 story

Whitney Young Jr., Urban League, and NAACP Executive born

On this date, we mark the birth of Whitney M. Young, Jr. in 1921, an African American educator and activist.

Young was born in Lincoln Ridge, Kentucky, and received his B. S. degree at Kentucky State College in 1941. During World War II, he served in an anti-aircraft company of African American soldiers with white officers. This experience of racism increased Young’s interest in civil rights.

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Sat, 07.28.1917 story

The NAACP Stages a Silent Lynching Protest of America’s ‘Red Summers of Hate’

*On this date 1917, the NAACP staged its first silent protest rally against lynching. Nearly fifteen thousand African Americans marched down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue demonstrating their support for a government stoppage of lynching, race riots, and the denial of rights.

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Fri, 10.17.1997 story

The NAACP Request Merriam-Webster Dictionary to Revise Your Definition of “Nigger”

On this date in 1997, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)called for a formal dictionary revision of the word “nigger.”

The NAACP publicly requested Merriam-Webster to revise its dictionary definition of the word. The Merriam-Webster dictionary’s 9th and 10th editions (as well as online) define the word as “a black person…

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Mon, 05.31.1909 story

The NAACP Holds Its First Conference

On this date in 1909, the NAACP held its first conference, in New York City. Over 300 African Americans and Whites Americans attended.

Ida B. Wells Barrnett was a keynote speaker at the conference, condemning the lynching of Blacks in the United States.

Black First:
2,000 years of extraordinary achievement
by Jessie Carney Smith
Copyright 1994 Visible Ink Press, Detroit, MI
ISBN 0-8103-9490-1

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Thu, 10.23.1947 story

The NAACP Petitions United Nations On American Racism

On this date in 1947, the NAACP issued a formal petition against racism in America to the United Nations titled “An Appeal to the World.”

Eleanor Roosevelt, an active NAACP board member from 1945 to 1958, initiated the U.N.’s human rights protocol. Roy Wilkins, NAACP executive director (1955-1978), led the United States delegation to the International Conference on Human Rights in 1968.

In 2001, the NAACP applied for affiliation as a non-governmental organization (NGO). NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume said that the pending U.N.

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Sat, 07.01.1893 story

Walter F. White, NAACP Leader born

Walter Francis White was born on this date in 1893. He was an African American activist and administrator.

His father was a postman and his mother a schoolteacher in Atlanta. Because Atlanta had Jim Crow laws, as a child, White attended segregated Black schools, sat in the rear of buses, and experienced many other indignities of racism. When he was 13, White witnessed a race riot in Atlanta.

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Tue, 11.30.2004 story

Kweisi Mfume Resigns From NAACP

*On this date in 2004, Kweisi Mfume announced his resignation from the Presidents post of the NAACP. Saying he needs a break, Mfume announced that he was stepping down as the head of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group.

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Sun, 06.26.2005 story

Bruce Gordon Elected As NAACP President

On this date in 2005, the NAACP chose Bruce Gordon as its next national president and chief executive officer.

Gordon is a retired executive with Verizon Telecommunication Inc. The final vote to confirm him was held at the NAACP July 2005 national convention in Milwaukee.

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Thu, 12.03.2009 video

My Work at the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, Theodore Shaw

Theodore Shaw, educator, activist and lawyer talk about his years with the NAACP’s LDF.

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