|Formation||February 12, 1909|
|Purpose||"To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination."|
|Leon W. Russell|
President and CEO
|Board of directors|
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)[a] is a
Its mission in the 21st century is "to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination." National NAACP initiatives include political lobbying, publicity efforts and litigation strategies developed by its legal team. The group enlarged its mission in the late 20th century by considering issues such as police misconduct, the status of black foreign refugees and questions of economic development. Its name, retained in accordance with tradition, uses the once common term
The NAACP bestows annual awards to
The NAACP is headquartered in Baltimore, with additional regional offices in
In the U.S., the NAACP is administered by a 64-member board, led by a chairperson. The board elects one person as the president and one as chief executive officer for the organization.
Departments within the NAACP govern areas of action. Local chapters are supported by the 'Branch and Field Services' department and the 'Youth and College' department. The 'Legal' department focuses on
As of 2007, the NAACP had approximately 425,000 paying and non-paying members.
The NAACP's non-current records are housed at the