About the NAACP:

The NAACP is a network of more than 2,200 branches covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Japan and Germany.

They are divided into seven regions and are managed and governed by a National Board of Directors.

Total membership exceeds 500,000.


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Cornell William Brooks
is the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest, largest, and most widely respected grassroots-based civil rights organization. The Chairman of the Board is Roslyn M. Brock.

The President of the Missouri City, TX & Vicinity Branch is Lynette Reddix.

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History of the NAACP and Civil Rights


The NAACP was formed in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to helping to right social injustices. On February 12, over the signatures of 60 persons, the “Call” was issued for a meeting on the concept of creating an organization that would be an aggressive watchdog of Negro liberties. This event marks the founding of the NAACP. The organization was backed by the New York Evening Post.


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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) (African American Man) Ida Bell Wells-Barnett
(African American Woman) (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931)
Henry Moscowitz
(Jewish male) (c 1875 – December 18, 1936)
Mary White Ovington Oswald Garrison Villard William English Walling
Mary White Ovington
(White woman), (April 11, 1865 – July 15, 1951)
Oswald Garrison Villard
(German born white male) (March 13, 1872 – October 1, 1949)
William English Walling
(white male and son of a former slave owning family) (1877-1936)


On February 9, 1909, on the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, sixty prominent black and white citizens issued “The Call” for a national conference in New York City to renew “the struggle for civil and political liberty.” A distinguished group of black leaders added their voice to the movement. Principal among these was W.E.B. DuBois, who was to serve as the sage of black professionals to form the Niagara Movement which drew up an agenda for aggressive action not unlike the group he now joined. Also involved was Ida Well-Barnett, a young journalist, who eloquent editorials focused national attention on the epidemic of lynching.

Participants at the conference agreed to work toward the abolition of forced segregation, promotion of equal education and civil rights under the protection of law, and an end to race violence. In 1911, that organization was incorporated as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – the NAACP.

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