HUS 121 Introduction to Human Services
Instructor Thomas M. Walsh, MA
January 23, 2013
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on February 12, 1909. It is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights based organization.
The NAACP’s initial call for meeting was originated by a group of white liberals that included Mary White Ovington and Oswald Garrison Villard both descendants of abolitionists. The initial call was in response to the practice of lynching and race rioting. Sixty people answered the call to discuss racial justice. Among the sixty people were seven African Americans. I find it very enlightening and refreshing to know that in the beginning stages White Americans pioneered the movement for racial equality.
In the NAACP’s early recordings, a goal was stated to secure for all people rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution. The Amendments promised an end to slavery, equal law for all, and an end to adult male suffrage.
The NAACP’s main objective is to guarantee political, educational, social and economic equality for all minority citizens of the United States and to eradicate racial prejudice. The NAACP strives to tear down all barriers of racial discrimination. The NAACP’s national office was established in New York City in 1910 and a board of directors and president was appointed. Moorefield Storey, a white constitutional lawyer and past president of the American Bar Association was the president. Again an astonishing factor to know White America took such leadership roles in racial justice for minorities. The only African American appointed to the board was W. E. B. Dubois. He was made director of research and publications. In 1910 Dubois launched the official journal of the NAACP, The Crisis. The Crisis served as the main source of...