Today in Black History
The National Association of Advancement for Colored People (NAACP) was founded on this very date in 1909 after deadly race riots broke out in Springfield, IL. With W.E.B. Du Bois as one of its chief organizers, the group originally fought to abolish forced segregation and enforce the 14th Amendment and 15th Amendment.Today, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest, largest and most widely recognized civil rights organization. Its mission today is to "ensure the political, educational, social and economical equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. They've been doing it faithfully since 1909, as the organization has grown to half-million members and supporters throughout the United States. They are the boots on the ground and premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization.
In honor of Black History Month, February would be a great time to get involved with your local NAACP. Texarkana NAACP meets every first Saturday of the month at Oak St. Baptist Church located at 401 Waterall Texarkana, Texas.