About NAACP DC Branch

NAACP Founders

On February 12, 1909 the NAACP was founded by a multiracial group of activists, who answered "The Call," in the New York City, NY.

  • Ida Wells-Barnett
  • W.E.B. DuBois
  • Henry Moscowitz
  • Mary White Ovington
  • Oswald Garrison Villiard
  • William English Walling

The NAACP DC Branch was chartered June 3, 1913 by:

  • Carrie Clifford
  • Geo Cook
  • W. B. Hartgrove
  • H. R. Clarke
  • Charlotte Hunter
  • Julia Layton
  • William McCary
  • M. Harshaw
  • Rev. A. C. Garner

Historic DC Branch Members

  • Carter G. Woodson

NAACP Mission

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

NAACP Vision

The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights and there is no racial hatred or racial discrimination.

NAACP Objectives

The principal objectives of the NAACP shall be:

  • To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
  • ·To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
  • To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
  • To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
  • To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
  • To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.

DC Branch Strategic Priorities

  • Criminal Justice: Advocate to reduce racial disparities in the Criminal Justice System, increase rehabilitation programs and reform Drug Law policies targeting communities of color in Washington, DC.
  • Economic Empowerment: Accelerate economic growth and eliminate racial economic disparities through advocating equal employment opportunities, diversity recruitment, financial empowerment and building wealth within communities of color.
  • Education: Advocate for educational policies and resources that promote equal access to high quality education for communities of color within the DC Public Schools, DC Charter Schools and vocational school programs.
  • Health: Eliminate health disparities, advocate health care reform and combat childhood obesity to promote health and wellness in communities of color.
  • Political Action: Promote voter empowerment and advocate elected official accountability through implementing voter education, voter engagement, voter mobilization and voter turnout initiatives in Washington, DC.