The NAACP at 100
It was one hundred years ago today that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded. It was the product of a number of visionaries, men and women, black and white, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, and Mary White Ovington to name only a few. Since its inception the NAACP has been tireless in its efforts to see rights and equality for minorities. It is a grassroots organization, but has had remarkable organization and growth. Only four years after its birth there were branch offices in many major cities.
In its tenure the NAACP has fought the horrors of lynching, worked to rid the United States of segregation, and campaigned hard for civil rights. A century later, however, the NAACP is showing no signs of simply resting on its laurels. Instead they have already released a plan for what they are tackling during the first year of their second century—Safe Communities, Good Schools, and a Fair Chance for All Americans. Go ahead and take a look at the NAACP website. You can learn about the history of the organization, check out centennial events, and even help pick a list of the top 100 films by and about people of color.