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Founded February 12, 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.

Heading into the 21st century, the NAACP is focused on disparities in economics, healthcare, education, voter empowerment and the criminal justice system while also continuing its role as legal advocate for civil rights issues.

While much of the NAACP is chronicled is books, articles, pamphlets and magazines, the true movement lies in the faces-the diverse multiracial army of ordinary women and men from every walk of life, race and class-united to awaken the consciousness of a people and a nation. The NAACP will remain vigilant in its mission until the promise of America is made real for all Americans.


The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.


The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.



  • ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY- A chance  to live the American Dream for all

    • Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.

  • EDUCATION- A free, high-quality, public education for all

    • Every child will receive a free, high quality, equitably-funded, public Pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.

  • HEALTH-Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality healthcare

    • Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality healthcare, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.

  • PUBLIC SAFETY & CRIMINAL JUSTICE- Equitable dispensation of justice for all

    • Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing will end. Incarceration will be greatly reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal level, as well as in the military.

  • VOTING RIGHTS & POLITICAL REPRESENTATION-Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation

    • Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.


    • Expanding the presence of youth consciousness in every aspect of the Association

    • Significant attention to expanding engagement with key age demographic (1979 and after)

    • Young adult engagement in policy research, development and advocacy on all levels

    • Enhance capacity of local units to recruit, engage, train and retain young adults

    • Innovative approaches to young adult membership and program engagement

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