THE NAACP FIGHTS
FOR YOUR CIVIL RIGHTS! STAND WITH US!
Illinois State Conference
The 1908 Race Riots in Springfield lead to the establishment of the NAACP.
The NAACP was formed in 1909 in a little room of a New York apartment.
The NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest & most widely recognized
grassroots-based civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders & members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans. Its more than half-a-million members & supporters throughout the United States & the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, campaigning for equal opportunity & conducting voter mobilization.
The Illinois Conference of Branches embarked on confronting the injustices of not having adequate housing, jobs for those that wanted to work, open restaurants without separate counters, education for all students & equal opportunity. We have made great strides in the face of struggles put before us, in part through the efforts of building relationships, sitting at the table with those that make decisions & building a membership base that supports our efforts & our mission.
The NAACP mission is to ensure the political, educational, social & economic equality of rights of all persons & to eliminate racial hatred & racial discrimination.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution
Strategic Plan: Game Changers for the 21st Century
For more than a century the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has worked to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Inspired by the force and commitment of The Call of 1909, which denounced the growing oppression of people of color and mobilized thousands to work to bring this discrimination to an end, the NAACP seeks to establish a strategic direction as it embarks on developing The New Call for the 21st Century.
A chance to live the American Dream for all
Every person will have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.
A free, high-quality, public education for all
A free, high-quality, public education for all. Every child will receive a free, high quality, equitably-funded, public pre-K and K-12 education followed by diverse opportunities for accessible, affordable vocational or university education.
Health equality for all Americans including a healthy life and high-quality health care
Everyone will have equal access to affordable, high-quality health care, and racially disparate health outcomes will end.
Public Safety and Criminal Justice
Equitable dispensation of justice for all
Disproportionate incarceration, racially motivated policing strategies, and racially biased, discriminatory, and mandatory minimum sentencing will end. Incarceration will be greatly reduced and communities will be safer. The death penalty will be abolished at the state and federal level, as well as in the military.
Voting Rights and Political Representation
Protect and enhance voting rights and fair representation
Every American will have free, open, equal, and protected access to the vote and fair representation at all levels of the political process. By protecting democracy, enhancing equity, and increasing democratic participation and civic engagement, African Americans will be proportionally elected to political office.
Making these game changers a reality will require the Board of Directors leadership, broad outreach in venues such as regional and state conferences, an effective program to educate national, state, and local leaders about the plan and participation of the units.
The program for units will contain clear messages regarding strategies and plans and will provide training so that members can adapt the aims of the plan to the needs of their community and move it to action. Member feedback will be brought into national level discussions in order to identify the resources and support needed for members to be successful in their local communities.
NAACP Staff will work closely with members, providing training, support, and expertise on the Game Changers and will periodically review work plans to ensure alignment with local needs.
1908 Springfield Race Riot Memorial