Founded in 1909, by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups. The NAACP has as its mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.
This mission is accomplished by seeking the enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights, and by informing the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination.
From school and workplace desegregation, voter registration to health and economic empowerment training, the NAACP has played a significant role in establishing legal precedents to improve the quality of life of those who are socially, politically, economically and environmentally disenfranchised.
As the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP has worked successfully with allies of all races who believe in and stand for the principles on which the organization was founded. Throughout its history, some of American’s greatest minds have worked to effect change.
From corporate partnerships to tireless volunteer labor, the NAACP has evolved to meet the challenges of the day, while remaining true to its original mission. With renewed commitment, the new NAACP is poised to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
The NAACP New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) branch was established June 1969. It is the only city agency NAACP branch. The membership consists of employees, residents, and members of the community where NYCHA developments and offices are located.