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Why was the NAACP formed?

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The NAACP was formed in 1909 after a race riot in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908 led to the call for a conference on social equality. The NAACP was also formed in response to the practice of lynching, which was prevalent in the South at that time.

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The conference in New York City to discuss racial justice and social equality was organized by a group of white liberals, some of whom were descendants of abolitionists. Seven African-Americans were also in attendance at the meeting, including W.E.B Du Bois, Ida B.Wells-Burnett and Mary Church Terrell. The mission laid out by this group of early founders was to secure African-Americans the rights laid out in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

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