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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), established in 1909, is the United States’ oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots-based African American civil rights organization. The association’s mission is “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.” Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the NAACP currently has more than 500,000 members and 18 branches throughout the United States.

The principal objectives of the association are the following: (1) ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens; (2) achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States; (3) remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes; (4) seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, ...

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