Since its inception, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was poised for a long, tumultuous and rewarding history. Although it may be possible to chronicle the challenging and harrowing legacy of the NAACP, the real story of the nation's most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America's darker citizens were denied.
From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers, and leaders who forged this great organization and maintain its status as a champion of social justice fought long and hard to ensure that the voices of African Americans would be heard. The legacy of those pioneers, such as W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Roy Wilkins and the hundreds of thousands of nameless faces who worked so tirelessly, can not and must not be forgotten.
The history of the NAACP is one of blood, sweat and tears. From bold investigations of mob brutality and protests against mass murders, segregation and discrimination; to testimony before congressional committees on the vicious tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, it was the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. While much of its history is chronicled in books, articles, pamphlets and magazines, the true movement lies in the faces-black, white, yellow, red and brown-united to awaken the consciousness of a people and a nation. This is the legacy of the NAACP!