When was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People formed and What does NAACP stand for?

In 1905, a group of African Americans led by William Edward Burghardt (W. E. B.) Du Bois founded the Niagara Movement at Niagara Falls, Canada.

The group was considered radical because it demanded action rather than empty promises. Members of the Niagara Movement later became part of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), an interracial group founded in 1909.

The NAACP used the legal system to fight racial discrimination, taking cases to courts through its Legal Defense Fund. The NAACP’s goal was to inform people throughout the country of what was happening, both good and bad, to black people, and to help improve the lives of black people.

Its many activities included providing details on every lynching it could to public officials and newspapers. The NAACP is still active today.

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