The NAACP is founded
Although slavery was abolished and black Americans were declared free citizens in 1865, racial segregation and intolerance remained prevalent well into the twentieth century. In 1905, President Roosevelt took America to task over its “race problem.” In response, a group of about 60 human rights activists issued a call for an organization that would protect the rights of all Americans as outlined in the Constitution. The group became known as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP. It was officially established on Abraham Lincoln’s 100th birthday, February 12, 1909. The early members of the NAACP were primarily descendents of white abolitionists, but there were also few notable African Americans like W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells. Throughout the twentieth century, the NAACP championed racial equality, educated the public, published the journal The Crisis, and achieved significant courtroom and congressional victories. It was critical to the Civil Rights Movement, and today continues to promote racial equality.
Can you think of any important events whose outcome has been influenced by the work of the NAACP?