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Thursday, February 12, 2015

NAACP celebrates 106th birthday

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded on this date in 1909.

Its purpose: to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.

"Exactly 106 years ago, a courageous group of multiracial activists came together for a very special purpose: to eliminate social, educational, political, and economic inequality in America," wrote Cornell William Brooks, NAACP president and CEO.

"Then and now, progress comes when we join together to fight. Whether we're marching hand in hand, debating face to face, or calling millions to action online, the power of this movement lies within you, and every fellow American who fights for justice and equality, however they can."

The organization's headquarters is in Baltimore, Maryland, it has approximately 300,000 members and a budget $27.6 million.

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