The NAACP is still fighting today and will continue to make history. It has grown into a very powerful group and can only get stronger. The people mentioned are only some of the older activists who have made great advancements for the colored race. Their work is still admired and will never go under appreciated. The work of decade has done amazing things and the NAACP and the determination of these people has helped millions.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a group of civil right activists that work to create a safe world for African Americans free of racial discrimination and inequality. The NAACP has been in progress for more than a decade and in that time has had a large amount of members make history in their civil rights movements for racial inequality. The NAACP has worked very hard all over the United States to get the equality that is around today and their work should not go unrecognized, so please enjoy reading a few of the great accomplishments within the NAACP.
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois also known as W. E. B. Du Bois was many things but mostly known for his part in civil rights movements and his famous writings as an author. He was the first African American to earn a doctorate from Harvard. He then went on to be a professor at Atlanta University and also helped in the founding of the NAACP. Du Bois was also the leader of the Niagara Movement which was a civil rights group that fought for racial equality. Although the Niagara Movement didn't have a super big impact in society it helped spark the creation of the NAACP.
Stephen Gill Spottswood was a religous leader and an actavist. Although he was very dedicated to his work as a bishop he later become very involved in the NAACP. He participated in many public protests and was not afraid to speak his mind. Spottswood joined the NAACP in 1919 and later became the president of the Washington branch of the NAACP in 1947. Spottswood was very suspicious of president Nixon and believed he was a bad man before anyone else believed him. He was proved correct when Nixon resigned before he was impeached in 1974.
This is Medgar Evers. He was a WW II veteran and an activist in the NAACP. Evers got into the civil rights movements after the Brown vs. Board of Education. He fought to end segregation in school and just end it in general. In 1963 he was rewarded the Springard Medal by the NAACP. He was also murdered by a member of the White Citizens Council in 1963. His widow wife continued to be a member of the NAACP serving as a national chair.
James Weldon Johnson was known for his writing. He wrote poems, novels and songs on black culture. James was the first African American to be elected as the executive secretary for the NAACP (1920-1930). He loved music and created what the NAACP calls the "Negro National Anthem"
Thurgood Marshall was a lawyer, Associate Justice and a member of NAACP. He was the first African American Associate Justice and was well known for his cases argued in front of the supreme court. One of his most famous was the Brown vs. Board of Education case. Marshall was very passionate about education which led him to create and direct the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational fund. Thurgood retired in 1991.
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was a journalist and also a member of the NAACP. She was one of the first people to join the NAACP and become a leader. Ida B. Wells was one of the most famous black women in America because she spoke out a bout lynching. She wrote a lot about the anti-lynching movement and even helped to start it.
The Crisis is a magazine created through the NAACP. W. E. B. Du Bois, published the first of this magazine in November 1910. It was sent out for all the colored people who were dealing with the racial inequality. The Crisis was a way for the African American community to stay updated on the civil rights, history, culture, etc. This magazine is the oldest black publication that is continuing to be made today.
Anther famous person from the NAACP was Martin Luther King Jr. After graduating top of his class in college King moved to Montgomery. He was a pastor and an activist. He was a part of the executive committee in the NAACP and was later chosen to be the leader of the Montgomery branch of NAACP (1955). In his life MLK was very successful in spreading his ideas. Through speeches and even letters from jail he showed his dedication towards racial equality. Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
After the formation of the NAACP many historical people joined and changed the lives of millions of people forever. One of the most famous people in the fight for racial justice was Rosa Louise McCauley Parks. She is most well known for her role in the Montgomery bus boycott (December 5, 1955 - December 20, 1956) . The boycott started the move against racial segregation in the NAACP. Rosa also received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal.
These are the historical people who formed the NAACP in 1909. Pictured above is W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington and Moorfield Storey. The NAACP was formed after a meeting called by white liberal to discuss possible solutions to the the racial injustice that was going on. The 1908 riot in Springfield, Illinois and the practice of lynching were the main concerns that started the NAACP.