A major project of the NAACP. Provides youth the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in academics and cultural pursuits through participating in an annual ACT-SO Competition for students grades nine (9) through twelve (12)

Armed Services and Veterans Affairs

Committed to studying the conditions pertaining to minority veterans and members of active military service and advocating for their rights in cases of discrimination on account of race, color, and creed.

Communications, Press and Publicity

Promote media content consistent with NAACP goals and secure publicity for the work of the Nashville Branch and NAACP in the local press, radio, television and other media.

Community Coordination

Enlists the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color.

Criminal Justice

Committing to investigating and eliminating harsh and unfair sentencing practices, racial disparities, restoration of voting rights for formerly incarcerated persons, and elevate voice of crime victim survivors.

Economic Development

Implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color.


Seeks to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education, study local educational conditions affecting minority groups, investigate the public school system and school zoning.

Finance Freedom Fund

Studies the financial needs of the Unit and is responsible for drafting an adequate annual budget. Plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment, and other projects for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program.


Works to promote, protect, and maintain the health of African-Americans; access the health needs of the community; advocate for equal access to health education; sponsor health related forums, fairs, and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; support health initiatives of the NAACP.


Studies housing conditions in the local community; receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination; oppose all restrictive practices public and private; disseminate information and render such other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.

Labor & Industry

Seeks ways to improve economic status of minority groups by working to eliminate discriminatory practices in the industry and government, wage differentials based on race, work to end discriminatory practices in labor unions

Legal Redress

Investigates all cases reported to it; supervise all litigation in which the Unit is interested; keep the National Office and Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.

Membership and Life Membership

Works throughout the year to maintain and increase membership of the association; be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; be responsible on a continuous basis for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; initiate all possible means to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program towards the end.


Political Action

Seeks registration and voting; work for the enactment of municipal, state, and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political, and economic status of minority groups; seek the appeal of racially discriminatory legislation; work to improve the administration of justice; work to secure equal enforcement of the law; keep the National Office and Unit informed of all proposed legislation which affects minority groups.

Prison Branch

The Prison Branch Support Committee is responsible for supporting the work of the Prison Branch by working closely and directly with the members of their respective Prison Branch and the Regional Prison Coordinator; maintain contacts with and report regularly to the Regional Coordinators; build, cultivate, and maintain positive relationships between prison officials; solicit community organizations and business to establish a volunteer bank (teachers, writers, poets, businessmen, ministers, lawyers, policemen, judges, politicians and media personnel.

Religious Affairs

The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the unit and are responsible for promoting an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights; provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.

Young Adult

Consists of branch members age twenty-one (21)-forty (40). The Young Adult Committee supports all branch activities; stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit memberships of persons twenty-one to forty years of age; create a mentorship program (Branch to Young Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from the Youth and College to Branch participation; provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; encourage participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.

Youth Works

The Youth Works Committee is responsible for developing and coordinating the programs of the Branch’s Youth Units. This committee consists of Youth Unit Advisor(s), Youth Unit Presidents in the same community and (5) persons appointed by the Nashville Branch President.

WIN (Women in the NAACP)

The WIN Committee is responsible for addressing civil rights issues affecting women and children; carries out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch.

Nashville Branch Standing Committees