A Look Back — The NAACP Celebrates Its 100th Anniversay

| March 27, 2009 | 1 Comment

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrated their 100th Anniversary recently with a series of celebratory gatherings through out the country.

The celebrations, complete with birthday cakes, were held on the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The centennial celebration was particularly special as it came weeks after the nation’s first Black President was sworn into office.

CENTER SEATED MS. HOLIDAY PRESIDENT OF MANHATTAN BRANCH
NAACP WITH BRANCH MEMBERS
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Some of the founders of the NAACP overcame insurmountable obstacles of blatant and insidious racism and prejudice with non-violent demonstrations of solidarity. At the celebrations, bittersweet memories were shared though some of the guests expressed remorse for hurdles yet to be conquered for racial equality.

The seeds that grew into the organization were planted in the shadows of the 1908 race riots in Springfield, Illinois. The riots began from the all too commonplace practice of accusing black men of raping white women. In this particular case, the white woman admitted her attacker was white. A white man was murdered and the riots were born. For two days white mobs terrorized black residents by scorching the homes and businesses of black residents. During the riots, two black residents were killed along with five white rioters. All in the integrated town where Abraham Lincoln was born and drew inspiration.

In the year that followed, the progressive minds of William Walling, Mary White Ovington and W.E.B. DuBois conferred in the apartment of Dr. Henry Moskowitz to form the NAACP. Together they chose Lincoln’s birthday as the official founding date.

The NAACP acknowledges that there are still major battles to be waged. They NAACP have been fighting these battles and being a vehicle for social change for one hundred years and is prepared to continue to do so for the next one hundred.

MS. HOLIDAY PRESIDENT OF MANHATTAN BRANCH NAACP
WITH MANHATTAN BRANCH MEMBERS
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MS. HOLIDAY PRESIDENT OF MANHATTAN BRANCH NAACP
WITH MANHATTAN BRANCH MEMBERS

For the full history of the NAACP, click here.

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  1. Excellent job!! It was wonderful to open my e-mail (sent by google alert) to see your efforts shown to the world. Each of our units must continue to tell the story….Great works!!!!

    Simone Lightfoot
    Detroit Branch NAACP

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