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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CERTAIN PEOPLE (NAACP)


The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a civil rights organization in the United States, formed in 1909 as a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans by a group including W. E. B. Du Bois, Mary White Ovington and Moorfield Storey. The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. But, was it really the Advancement for colored people or for certain people.

Did the NAACP protest with people like Dr. Martin Luther King; and if so they were a very silent partner who missed the major events. Since its inception, the NAACP has worked to achieve its goals through the judicial system, lobbying and peaceful protests. Better known for walking the steps of congress and not ducking rocks and bottles in cities like Chicago. Was that because it was a biracial organization. The names of organizations that rung in the south in the 60s were National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Never was the NAACP dodging rocks like others. Was it because of their pedigree similar to the likes of WEB Dubois. The NAACP had no national leaders as the rest of the Civil rights organizations who got into the weeds they stayed in courts. There was Benjamin Lawson Hooks an American civil rights leader. A Baptist minister and practicing attorney, he served as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People from 1977 to 1992, and throughout his career was a vocal campaigner for civil rights in the United States but he and the organization never led a national protest, they were behind the scenes with court cases. Did the NAACP feed, cloth or support schooling for poor people. Feeding and clothing they did not do, but schooling yes, but you have to go back to Thurgood Marshall. After founding the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in 1940, Marshall became the key strategist in the effort to end racial segregation, in particular meticulously challenging Plessy v. Ferguson, the Court-sanctioned legal doctrine that called for “separate but equal” structures for white and blacks. Where is the NAACP today? Are they chasing Black church fires, voting ballots. Where are they today; to use an old vernacular, when shit hits the fan. Are they the National Association for the Advancement of Certain People working only certain issues. Did the fire go out after the eras of WEB Dubois and Thurgood Marshall. Now they are talking heads on local TV stations. Are they a national civil rights group to reckon with. Let me answer that. They cannot no longer feed off or hide behind the past trophies, awards and accolades. Times are not as active as it was in the 60s and neither is the NAACP.