The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was established in 1909 to provide an equal opportunity for all people. As the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP has changed American history through milestones inclusive of the 15th Amendment Voting Rights Act of 1870, and the Anti-Lynching Bill of 1918. In addition, phenomenal leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mary White Ovington, Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, and Rosa Parks have assisted this organization towards its success of becoming more inclusive of individuals from all races, cultures, genders, national origins, and socioeconomic classes.
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.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution — the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
**To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
**To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
**To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
**To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
**To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
**To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.