National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: (NAACP)

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    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the longest operating civil rights organization in the United States. It was established in 1909 and continues into the twenty‐first century fighting modern forms of racism. The NAACP is best known for arguing the US Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, decided on May 17, 1954, which legally desegregated schools in America. Working in conjunction with other organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the NAACP was a central tenet of the civil rights movement. It has provided both legal expertise in the constitutional battle for rights and the financial resources in the direct‐action campaigns of the 1960s.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
    EditorsJohn Stone, Rutledge M. Dennis, Polly S. Rizova, Anthony D. Smith, Xiaoshou Hou
    ISBN (Electronic)9781118663202
    ISBN (Print)9781405189781
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2015


    • African American
    • civil rights
    • W. E. B. Du Bois
    • social movements and social change


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