The Vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP) is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
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.
In 1905 W.E.B. Dubois called for a meeting of several black intellectuals to meet in Niagara Falls, Canada. They met to discuss and challenge the policies of the day which prevented blacks from being full members of American society. In response to the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois, Dubois and members of the Niagara Movement came together with a group of white liberals and issued “The Call” for a national conference in New York City to renew “the struggle for civil and political liberty.” They initially called themselves the National Negro Committee. However, on February 12, 1909, this multiracial group of activists founded The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and incorporated the organization in 1911.