The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was formed in 1909 by a group of white and black citizens appalled at the injustices that some American suffered solely because of their race. Mary White Ovington led the organization with zeal and enthusiasm through many obstacles.
The organization has grown steadily since then. Today, it is the largest and most influential civil rights organization in the country. The basic strengths of the NAACP are derived from its historic victories in the courts, its belief in the cause and legislative actions at all levels. To keep pace with changing times, the NAACP has launched a number of dynamic social programs. These programs are aimed at speeding the march toward victory over racism, hatred, bigotry and poverty.