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Project Description

Supporting African American Communities

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Established in 1909

Mission Statement:  The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

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Impacts & Achievements:

Some of the highlights

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  • Helped abolish the death penalty in New Mexico in 2003, in Connecticut in 2012 and in Maryland in 2013

  • More than 2,200 branches and half a million members worldwide

  • Supported and lobbied for numerous victorious legislation that helped ensure racial equality, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed segregation in public schools

  • Accomplished many things for the civil rights movement, making NAACP one of the most influential charitable organizations in the world

Featured Programs:

How the NAACP is making a difference


African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence and mortality rates from chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, and issues like HIV/AIDS continue to overwhelm the Black community more so than any other racial or ethnic group. The NAACP is committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our healthcare system that undermine communities of color their life opportunities and their ability to contribute fully to the common good.

Criminal Justice

The NAACP advocates for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system.


The NAACP works to ensure that all disadvantaged students and students of color are on the path to college or a successful career by ensuring access to great teaching, equitable resources, and a challenging curriculum. We are dedicated to eliminating the severe racial inequities that continue to plague our education system. Our ultimate goal is that every student of color receives a quality public education that prepares him or her to be a contributing member of a democracy. Each year, the NAACP, through generous donations, is able to provide scholarships to outstanding students.

Media Diversity

The NAACP has fought against negative portrayals of people of color in film and television since “Birth of A Nation” in 1915.  Today the NAACP Hollywood Bureau is a satellite of the National office that deals with issues of diversity programming and minority employment in Hollywood, and oversees the production of the NAACP Image Awards.

Economic Opportunity

The NAACP Economic Department recognizes the importance of the economy and economic issues in advancing an equal opportunity society and aims to address the challenging economic realities facing our country including poverty, lack of jobs and disproportionate high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, foreclosures, etc. The NAACP Economic Department’s work enhances the capacity of African Americans and other underserved groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.

Environmental and Climate Justice

Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program was created to support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue by providing resources on how to reduce harmful emissions, advance energy efficiency and clean energy, and strengthen community resilience and livability.

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