The Beginning of an Organization for Civil Rights



The NAACP, founded Feb. 12, 1909, is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely recognized grassroots-based civil rights organization. It boasts a membership of more than half a million people from varying backgrounds and supporters throughout the United States.

The NAACP was founded on Feb. 12, 1909 partly in response to the continuing horrific practice of lynching and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, IL. Appalled at the violence that was committed against blacks, the original founders included a group of white liberals and abolitionists, as well as W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

The NAACP is widely acknowledged as the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.