Local Covington Branch information for The NAACP, the Premier Civil Rights organization in the United States, has been a leading force for equality. From its inception in 1909 until today the NAACP continues to push forward in political, economic, and social issues.
In Georgia, the NAACP was organized from January 1917 until June of 1920 and has had a continuous presence in the state since. Cities and communities around the state of Georgia have organized local branches tasked with addressing the pressing civil rights, voting rights and other issues of the day. Currently, there are nearly 75 local branches of the NAACP in the State of Georgia. Whether school discrimination or civil rights, voter rights or employment rights, the NAACP with a team of lawyers, religious leaders, politicians and concerned citizens have fought for and continue to fight for rights and challenge voter intimidation. For nearly a century the work and successes of the NAACP has improved the lives of many.
Voter intimidation was the primary concern of the Atlanta Negro Voters League, a bipartisan political organization started in 1949. By 1949 African-Americans represented at least 25 percent of Atlanta’s registered voters.
Working in concert with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), assisted with the guidance and leadership of many like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Andrew Young, Unites States Congressman John Lewis, and former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, helped motivate and organize lawyers, religious leaders, politicians, Freedom Rider’s and marchers to target discrimination cases in communities throughout the South.
In the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, many Georgians were moved to joined the NAACP and to register to vote. With new voters, the number of black elected officials increased steadily during the 1970’s. Many majority black towns, cities and counties elected their first black officials, giving previously disenfranchised and under represented citizens a voice in their own government, in some cases for the first time.
During recent years the NAACP has expanded it’s focus to include addressing discrimination in the private sector, concentrating on the hindrances blacks have experienced to economic opportunities.
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In What year was the NAACP founded?Correct
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What year was the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Case Brown v. Board of Education decided?Correct
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Which NAACP Chief Counsel became a U. S. Supreme Court Justice?Correct
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Where is the national headquarters of the NAACP located?Correct
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Who succeeded Justice Marshall upon his death on the Supreme Court?Correct
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What landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision was passed in 1965?Correct
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Jim Crow Laws, were state and local statutes that mandated _____________ until 1965.Correct
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In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr., at a March on Washington, gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. What was the date of that speech?Correct
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The bus boycott, inspired by Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of the bus, took place in what city?Correct
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