Moving the Needle on Capitol Hill
Posted on December 22, 2011
As 2011 comes to a close, the NAACP has launched a series of blogs, "10 Reasons to be a Part of NAACP", reflecting on our work this year and the year ahead. Each day, we'll feature a new blog on our social networks. View the entire "10 Reasons" series, and donate to the NAACP here.
Since 1941, the NAACP’s Washington Bureau has been the hub of the organization’s federal advocacy. Now in its 70th year, the Washington Bureau has achieved numerous Congressional victories that have moved the needle on America’s civil rights agenda, and has established itself as the preeminent civil rights entity on Capitol Hill.
As racial tensions persisted through the 1940s and 50s, many looked to the NAACP for leadership and action – and the organization answered the call. Led by lobbyist Clarence M. Mitchell Jr., the Washington Bureau helped advance the integration of the armed forces in 1948, the passage of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1964, & 1968 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From military to public forums to voting booths, these pieces of legislation made equality more achievable and conditions more equitable.
As we move into 2012, the new year offers potential for even bigger victories on Capitol Hill. Help us achieve these Congressional victories - donate to the NAACP today.