What Does the Acronym NAACP Stand For?

The acronym NAACP stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the organization was created in 1909 as part of the civil rights movement. The NAACP still exists today, and it is committed to ensuring that all people have rights and that race-based discrimination is eradicated worldwide.

The NAACP states on their website that they are interested in ensuring, "the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens" as well as removing "all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes." The NAACP also wishes "to inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination."

When the NAACP was first founded, its members worked primarily to find legal strategies that could help end existing racial discriminatory issues. One of these issues was lynching. Black Americans were being lynched by intolerant, racist white Americans. The law did not allow for these killings; however, the law was also not adamant about finding those responsible and then holding them accountable for their behavior. The NAACP pushed for federal anti-lynching laws.

The NAACP was also partially responsible for the outcome in one of the most influential race cases ever decided in America. Brown v. Board of Education was a case that was taken to the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954 that challenged the idea of "separate but equal." Brown won, and the Supreme Court ruled that separate facilities could not be equal and the idea of "separate but equal" was unconstitutional.