The NAACP was founded Feb. 12. 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots–based civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.
Our Mission: The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
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Our Branch History
1919: The Charlotte branch of the NAACP is established, the first in the state.
1940: Kelly Alexander Sr. revives the Charlotte NAACP branch, which had been inactive for nine years. He begins building a black movement. Over the years, he brings to Charlotte most major black leaders of the era: Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins, Adam Clayton Powell, Ralph Abernathy and Martin Luther King Jr.
1949: Black parents in Clarendon County, S.C., file a lawsuit challenging the state's concept of separate-but-equal schools after the white school board refuses to give them a bus so their children don't have to walk to school. NAACP lawyer Thurgood Marshall – who would become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice – represented the parents. The suit was combined with four others into Brown v. (Topeka, Kan.) Board of Education that led to a Supreme Court decision outlawing segregated schools.
1951: Sixteen black golfers, backed by the NAACP, sue Mecklenburg park commissioners for the right to tee off at Bonnie Brae Municipal Golf Course, now Revolution Park Golf Course. In 1956, a state judge orders the course to be opened up to anyone, and on Jan. 9, 1957, James Otis Williams is the first black to a play a round.
March 1957: Kelly Alexander Sr. leads a delegation of 26 black leaders to a meeting with public school officials to demand desegregation. The white officials agree to work with school officials in Greensboro and Winston-Salem to desegregate schools in all three cities.
Summer 1957: Alexander approaches Herman Counts, a Charlotte father of four, and asks him to volunteer his children as desegregation pioneers. That September, Counts' only daughter, 15-year-old Dorothy, walks through a mob of jeering white students and up the steps of Harding High School.
1960: NAACP leads a boycott of white-run stores that refuse to serve blacks.
1962: NAACP joins an effort to integrate Charlotte-region restaurants.
1965: Charlotte civil rights attorney Julius Chambers, with the backing of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, files a lawsuit on behalf of Darius and Vera Swann that ultimately forces the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board to desegregate schools.
1966: Chambers goes after job discrimination. He sues Duke Power on behalf of 13 black workers in Draper, N.C., challenging a requirement of a high school diploma or passing an intelligence test to get promoted or transfer within the company. Five years later, the U.S. Supreme Court rules the requirement violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it disparately affected minorities. Chambers would become the defense fund's third director-counsel.
1968 : NAACP threatens court action after Charlotte City Council members vote 4-3 not to take down a fence separating two city-owned cemeteries near uptown, all-white Elmwood and all-black North Pinewood. The fence eventually comes down.
1983: Kelly Alexander is named chairman of the national NAACP board. A year later, he steps down as president of the state NAACP conference that he'd held for 36 years. His son, Kelly Jr., head of the Charlotte branch, is elected to the state post.
1999: NAACP organizes a national boycott against South Carolina's $14-billion-a-year tourism industry after state legislators refuse to remove a Confederate flag from atop the S.C. statehouse. A year later, legislators vote to take down the flag, but place it in front of the Capitol next to a Confederate monument – prompting the NAACP not to call off the boycott, which continues today.
2008: NAACP pushes N.C. legislators for a law that would require the SBI to investigate shootings involving police officers after five blacks are shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers in separate incidents.
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JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN
Meet with us in peaceful solidarity for the Ferrell family, and to discuss the brutal killing of our brother, Jonathan Ferrell.
Where: Marshall Park (800 E. Third Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
When: Saturday September 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Taking the Dream Home to Charlotte!
Wed., August 28, 2013 @5:00 PM
District 9, Charlotte.
Marshall Park 800 East 3 Street
Forward Together Movement Rallies on the 50 Anniversary of March on Washington.
On August 28, the 50 anniversary of the March on Washington, North Carolina will heed Dr. King’s call at the end of his “I Have a Dream” speech to go home and organize! We will hold 13 simultaneous rallies across the state to bring to light the unconstitutional and immoral acts of the NC General Assemble and the Influence their decisions have had on our local communities. We will rally in the 13 Congressional districts and demand that our congress People renew section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.
We will lift our voices and say,
Forward Together, Not One Step Back!
50th Anniversary March on Washington
Dear Pastors, Members and Friends,
The NC NAACP is sponsoring a bus trip to the Historic 50th Anniversary March on Washington, Saturday, August 24, 2013. There is a requirement of 45 persons in order to confirm the bus. The cost is $60.00 per person. If you are interested in traveling to DC, please contact us at email@example.com
More information will be given at our Char-Meck Branch NAACP Meeting on Thursday, August 15 @ 6:30 PM
at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell Street in the Annex building, upstairs in the theater.
Charlotte Moral Monday
Monday, August 19th, 2013
800 East third street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
Stand up to the attacks on our teachers, our voting rights, and our healthcare.
Join us in peaceful solidarity and have our voices heard! Nothing short of our children's future is at stake.
FORWARD TOGETHER...NOT ONE STEP BACK!