The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. For 105 years, the NAACP has led the struggle for justice and equality in America. The NAACP remains an important and vital progressive voice, focusing on major civil and human rights priorities including: strengthening access to quality education, improving health and environmental justice outcomes, building economic opportunity and security, advancing criminal justice reform and promoting political representation and civic participation.
The Brooklyn NAACP is building on this legacy of achievement to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Our revitalization in 2005 marked a new era in efforts to further civil rights and social justice for all in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City and the nation. We are following in the footsteps of NAACP stalwarts who broke barriers and charted new paths to freedom and empowerment for people of color.
Chartered in 1920, Brooklyn NAACP was founded during a year of turmoil and pervasive lynching of African-Americans. One of our first meetings, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 1920, was an anti-lynching meeting. Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer of Missouri, who introduced the Anti-Lynching Bill in Congress attended the meeting along with the unwavering anti-lynching campaigner Senator Joseph Frank of Maryland.
Over the years, Brooklyn NAACP would gain the reputation as one of the largest, most effective and influential branches of the NAACP. At its peak, the branch had over 10,000 members. Brooklyn NAACP is poised to reclaim this rich history and has re-emerged with a young and committed leadership determined to build on the branch’s rich heritage of defending the social, economic, political and legal rights of people of color.
The Brooklyn Branch is committed to helping find durable solutions to the multiple challenges facing our communities. The history of the NAACP has shown that freedom comes with a price, a price we are willing to pay, serving as a vanguard to ensure justice and equality for all.