NAACP Founders Day
Date: Monday, February 12, 2024
Location: Banneker Community Center
Description: Did you know that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the oldest and boldest civil rights organization in the United States? Founded in 1909 by a group of interracial leaders, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, and Mary White Ovington, the organization was established to address the challenges facing African Americans, particularly in the aftermath of the 1908 Springfield (Illinois) Race Riot and the escalating anti-Black violence and lynching. Today, we pay tribute to the persistent leaders who played a pivotal role in shaping NAACP's vision and mission on a national level. It's worth noting that a local chapter of the NAACP was formed in Monroe County in 1978, and the IU NAACP Chapter Branch was established in 1946 with its motto being "Educate, Embrace, and Empower."
If you're interested in learning more about the national history of the NAACP as well as the local history of the NAACP Monroe County Branch #3062 and IU NAACP Chapter Branch #3735, we welcome you to join us and provide community input that will support our action plan as a branch.
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