With more than 2,200 units from coast to coast, the NAACP is proud to be one of the largest grassroots organizations in the United States. The men, women and young people who comprise our volunteer field membership form the backbone of the Association and the civil rights movement itself.
The role of the Field Organizing Department is to implement advocacy campaigns on priority issues, and to train our units, members and stakeholders to advance the Association’s campaign goals.
From the blog:
In the timeless struggle for civil and human rights, there has never been an instance where justice-seekers were not met with opposition. Resistance is to be expected. The NAACP's 106-year history clearly demonstrates that when a determined coalition of people are pursuing a movement to… read more
After four years, three trials, two mistrials, and an acquittal in the trial of Lula Smart; Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's Voter Fraud Cases against the courageous citizens known as the Quitman 10 has utterly failed. Prosecutors with the Prosecuting Attorneys' Council of Georgia… read more
As of last night, at the stroke of midnight, the clock of human progress turned back decades in Georgia. Extremists in Georgia have caused unfair, unjust and harmful consequences for regular everyday Georgians with the passage of HB 990, HB 772, HB 714 and SB 98.
Sadly, Governor Deal's… read more
NAACP Interim President and CEO, Lorraine Miller was a part of a delegation that met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to discuss ways to fight gun violence in the city.
National NAACP board member, Ed DuBose commented on the impact of violence on communities in Chicago:
Locking them… read more
Civil rights giant, William “Bill” Lynch passed away last week at the age of 72. The NAACP lost a friend, advocate, mentor, NAACP Life member, and brother—better known to friends and family as the “Rumpled Genius.”
Bill Lynch was a political strategist, whose influence had both domestic… read more
The Medgar Evers campaign will be two-fold – “Remember Medgar” and “He is ME”.
“Remember Medgar” (National Launch May 18-July 8) By building the next generation of the NAACP, we are remembering Medgar and his legacy. The goal of this campaign is to have each unit across the country… read more
Slain NAACP field secretary, civil rights leader, World War II veteran, father and husband—Medgar Wiley Evers, was honored today at Arlington National Cemetery in a wreath-laying ceremony, organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP.) Next week will… read more
On May 23rd, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced that he was granting a “temporary reprieve” to Nathan Dunlap, a man whose approaching execution date renewed critical concerns about the racial bias inherent in Colorado’s death penalty system.
The announcement means that Dunlap… read more
Now in its 4th week, the NC NAACP lead Moral Mondays protests continue to build momentum and followers for its cause of rolling back legislation from the NC house. Moral Mondays had its largest attendance to date as well as largest number of participants arrested in civil disobedience.… read more
For the first time in history, students at Wilcox County High School are preparing for their first integrated prom. The high school became national news for hosting segregated proms dating back nearly 3 decades. Students’ efforts to repeal this antiquated act were a success. After months… read more
Reprinted from the Wilson Times.
Wilson native John McNeil sits in a prison cell as he has done for five and a half years, serving a life sentence for shooting a Cobb County, Ga., man.
But NAACP leaders believe he was defending himself and his son. They traveled to Wilson on Friday to… read more
In a press conference held in Greensboro, NC, Clergy from around the state gathered together to pray for the wisdom of its citizens regarding the May 8th vote on Amendment One. In that conference, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber took the time to rebuke the media for asking the wrong questions… read more
NAACP leaders from IL, IN, KY, OH, MI, WI, WV met in Louisville, KY March 29-31, 2012 for a Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute. Leon Russell, Vice Chair, National Board of Directors conducted a plenary session on the NAACP’s strategic priorities: voting rights, free high quality… read more
The act of casting a ballot that gets counted on Election Day is the nation’s great equalizer because it is one of the few instances in which our voice, opinions, and the legacy we seek to leave future generations, readily crosses the expansive divide that is race and class in this… read more
The Beverly Hills/Hollywood NAACP and Verizon recently teamed with Hollywood stars to address teen bullying and violence at the NAACP Verizon Teen Summit at Los Angeles' Dorsey High. The summit kicked off the “Addressing Teen Domestic Violence: Stop the Bullying” campaign, a national… read more
Hi my name is Creyona Baldwin, I am 18 years old and from Toledo, Ohio. I will be attending Xavier University of Louisiana in the fall. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the NAACP Youth & College Division. My experience with the NAACP was a great experience. Before this… read more
A rainbow of fresh roses decorated the center of dining tables while live, inspirational music filled the air. Grateful Los Angeles residents were welcomed to fill the seats and enjoy an evening meal served by 350 members of the Youth and College Division.… read more
On Monday, July 25, 2011, at the 102nd National Convention the NAACP Economic Department announced the 21 NAACP branches nationwide that would receive a $4,000 micro-grant to participate in the Financial Freedom Center’s inaugural yearlong financial education series. The purpose of the… read more
July 1, 2011 – The U.S. Appeals Court affirmed America’s promise by striking down a 2006 amendment to the Michigan constitution which prohibited all affirmative action policies, including those previously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 2-1 decision.
The National Association for the… read more
On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, NAACP activist Clara Luper passed away at her home in Oklahoma, she was 88. Mrs. Luper was a school educator that served as Advisor to the NAACP Oklahoma City Youth Council for over 50 years. Clara Luper’s legacy has shaped the work of young people… read more
The NAACP Financial Freedom Campaign is launching a request for participation for compliant units to participate in our Financial Freedom Campaign Satellite program. Units who participate in this program will implement a yearlong financial education series which will equate to offering 5… read more
Gateway to Leadership: National Youth and College Director talks with young financiers on Leadership
Friday, June 3, 2011 Stefanie Brown, Director NAACP Youth & College Division met with young financiers to discuss community organizing opportunities in Corporate America during the United Negro College Fund ( UNCF) Gateway to Leadership Retreat. The Money Management Institute in partnership… read more
Thursday May 12, 2011 The NAACP and Google joined the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice at Howard University to host a panel discussion on entrepreneurship in the African American Community. The panel featured Marcus Johnson,JD/MBA CEO of Flo Brands, David… read more
On April 26, thousands of students, administrators and public officials from across Pennsylvania gathered on the steps of the state Capitol in response to proposed statewide education budgets cuts that will exceed $1.2 billion. Proposed by PA Gov. Corbett, the budget cuts place in jeopardy… read more
The NAACP hosted the first of a series of Civil War teach-ins in Charleston, South Carolina this week, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the attacks on Ft. Sumter, which marked the beginning of the war.
The NAACP has been concerned that some official commemorations of the… read more
On Monday, April 4th, NAACP local units across the country rallied to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the day of his assasination, and pledge to defend the Civil Rights that are being attacked every day. Below is a slideshow of some of the inspiring moments.… read more
Originally posted on TheRoot.Com
Seventeen years ago, I was an organizer in Mississippi. And I was scared.
We were planning a march to stop the governor from turning a public, historically black university, Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, into a prison. Byron De La… read more
The Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP joined family members of Frederick Jermaine Carter in Jackson on Thursday for a press conference demanding a federal investigation into the death of the 26 year-old. Carter was found Dec. 3, hanging from a tree in a field near Greenwood,… read more
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous joined Texas State Conference President Gary Bledsoe in Houston on March 31st at a hearing to bring attention to police accountability after recent high-profile allegations of police brutatlity emerged in Houston. Watch the news clip from… read more
The Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joined more than 100,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin on March 12, 2011 to protest the bill passed by Governor Scott Walker eliminating Collective Bargaining and limiting the power of unions. Passions are high in the state of Wisconsin because of the lack… read more
Cross-posted from Politics 365
A meeting flyer changed my life. It was a Sunday afternoon when an elder of my church handed me a flyer to attend the upcoming Cleveland NAACP Youth Council meeting that following Saturday. I was 14 at the time and really didn’t know much about the NAACP; my… read more
Springfield, IL NAACP President Teresa Haley served as Chair of a rally to “Save the American Dream,” at the Illinois State Capitol. Feb. 26, 2011.
The Illinois NAACP stood with labor groups from across the state to protect the rights of workers to engage in the process of collective… read more
NAACP Units from across Wisconsin marched to the State Capitol Feb. 26, 2011 to participate in a rally in solidarity with Wisconsin’s public employees and support the rights of all employees to collectively bargain. Accordingly, the NAACP urged the Assembly and Senate to reject the… read more
This Saturday, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the local NAACP state conference will be joined by more than 100 coalition partners for a march on Jones Street to the North Carolina State Legislature. This is the 5th year of the march, and since its inception, the Historic Thousands on Jones… read more
The Illinois State House passed Senate Bill 3539 by a vote of 60 to 54, January 6, 2011, to not only repeal the state’s broken death penalty, but it would promote community safety by using the funds set aside for the Capital Litigation Trust Fund to provide assistance to victims’ families… read more
Fifty years ago this August, history was made on Chicago’s South Side when a group of young Chicagoans waded into the waters of Lake Michigan. Theirs was the simplest of acts — cooling off at the beach on a hot summer’s day — but by violating the segregation that ruled Chicago’s lake… read more
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous appeared on WCH6 TV in Portland Maine this weekend, responding to Governor Paul LePage's offensive statements about the Association. Governor Page, says Jealous, "needs to undertand the full responsibilities of his words, to choose words that… read more
Forty-eight years ago, Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech shaped the American landscape, educating and inspiring a nation of generations born and unborn. Nearly 43 years after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s immortal words vision for hope still lives on. His passion for civil… read more
Just one year ago, on January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated the small nation of Haiti. That day, the world united in support – holding fundraisers, mailing first aid supplies, and sending… read more
Cross-posted from Politic365
We all remember how important self-perception was when we were young. As we worked to shape our identity and learn from new experiences, our self-esteem could rise and fall faster than a 13-year old’s voice. Most of us wanted to be thought of as a “good… read more
This year the Texas Southern NAACP Chapter, along with classmates, community members and local branch members marched to their local polling place to ensure their voice will be heard in this year’s mid-term election.
They began with a parade around campus to rally students before hitting… read more
This weekend One Nation Working Together--better known as the 10-2-10 movement— held its march on Washington. The NAACP among other civil rights, labor unions, environmental and other social advocacy groups, embarked on the monumental journey to our nation's capital. These organizations all… read more
More than 150 key Region III leaders trained in Schaumburg, IL to lead issue organizing campaigns at the 2010 Region III Civil Rights Advocacy Training Institute. Campaign workshop topics included: "Stop the Funerals/Stop the Violence", the Climate Justice Initiative, Getting to Good… read more
Michigan State Conference NAACP, United States Student Association Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan negotiated a settlement for a complaint against Terry Lynn Land, MI Secretary of State.
The lawsuit demanded that… read more
On Wednesday, May 19th, NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous joined former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige in Austin, TX to testify against proposed changes to state's education curriculum that would significantly alter the way civil rights history is told in Texas schoolbooks.… read more
By Carmen Watkins
By now you should have received and returned your census form from the US government. But of course, for many of us it was carefully placed in file 13, along with toll receipts shopping circulars, credit card solicitations bragging of a 30% interest rates and of course… read more
By Jason Upthegrove, President of the Lima, Ohio NAACP On Valentine's Day 2008 I was sitting in the driveway of my home, as my wife grabbed the mail from the mailbox and handed it to me. When I opened them, there was a noose in one envelope and racist literature in another. It took many… read more