It was February 12, 1909, when the NAACP or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was formed in New York City.
Ida B. Wells, a journalist and early leader of civil rights leader, is one of the founders of the NAACP. Born into slavery in 1862, Wells arguably became the most famous Black woman in America. She fought for African-American equality, especially for women.
Wells and the NAACP played a critical role in the civil rights movement.
After Wells died in 1931, the NAACP successfully passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the 2002 Help America Vote act, and many more.
On this day in history, the organization is celebrating 112 years of activism.
Today, the NAACP has more than 1 million members, focusing on issues like job inequality, voting rights, healthcare, and education. The NAACP submitted its
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