Mission: To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: Image awardsthe naacp image awards honors projects and indivdiduals of all races who help promote positive images of people of color. The awards take place and usually air live on network television. Awards were received in 55 categories.
national conventionnaacp constitution mandates an annual convention of its members, board and officers to share information and accomplishments and to establish policies and programs for the coming year.
the national membershipthe department is responsible for the growth in the number of the naacp members through the planning, structuring and directing of campaigns through the naacp units,other organizations and individuals. The membership department's staff processes all new and renewed membership dues and provides direct service to individual members as well as all units of the naacp.
legal programs and fellowsthe naacp's legal department includes a number of programs of national interest and engages in litigation directly and indirectly through the utilization of outside counsel. The department also has an ongoing legal education program and an annual resident fellows program. Conventionthe annual convention, as mandated by the constitution of the naacp, brings together the member from the association's 2,000 local adult, youth & college and act-so branches from across the united states and throughout the world, to establish policies and set the program agenda for the upcoming year. Major speakers from the nonprofit, government and business environment are invited to share their ideas and outlook on the state if civil rights and the status of the people of color both here and abroad. An exhibit hall containing a broad base of large companies and small vendors are available for members to view, discuss and patronize during the week of seminars and meetings. Direct issue educationthe naacp utilizes its direct mail and communications capacity to regularly inform and educate its constituents, stakeholders, and supporters about its programs and other strategic initiatives. Membership servicesthe national membership department is responsible for the growth in the number of naacp members through the planning, structuring and directing of recruitment campaigns through naacp units,other organizations and individuals. Economic developmentthe naacp economic program recognizes the importance of the economy and economic issues in advancing an equal opportunity society and aims to address the challenging economic realities facing our country (e. G. , disproportionate high unemployment, poverty and foreclosures, etc. ). The financial freedom center was launched in 2010 to enhance the capacity of african americans, and other underserved groups, by financially educating individuals to effectively manage their personal finances and credit; prompting diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; monitoring financial banking practices; and promoting community economic development. Research and policythis division was created late in 2005 to provide research and develop the naacp policy on public policy issues affecting people of color in the united states. Otherincludes other programs of naacphealththe naacp health program promotes equality in health care for african americans and seeks to address the disparities between the quality of care received by african americans and other groups. The national health director works with the national health committee to create and implement projects; evaluates and drafts policy statements; and represents the naacp at conferences, workshops, and on advisory boards. Human rights and voting rightsthe human rights project seeks to apply a human rights norm and utilizes international forums to raise issues of concern to the naacp, such as the disenfranchisement of persons with felony convictions, and the impact of global warming and environmental degradation on communities of color. Educationthe fundamental goal of the naacps education program advocacy agenda is to provide all students access to quality education. The naacp education departments resources are strategically focused on three major objectives:* preventing racial discrimination in educational programs and services* advancing educational excellence* promoting an equal opportunity education agendathe education program also includes administration of educational scholarships. Climate justicethis program seeks to reduce racial disparities among communities affected by national disasters, environmental pollution, and other characteristic of global warming. Criminal justicethe criminal justice program promotes alliances, legislation and initiatives that positively impact inmate recidivism, ex-felon re-enfranchisement and re-employment, and racial disparities within the criminal justice system. The program also assists with the formation of the naacp prison membership units. Leadership 500 summitnaacp's leadership 500 summit (the summit) serves a training ground for leadership development of mid-level professionals between the ages of 30-50 years old. The summit helps participants gain awareness, focus, and hone their skills as they advance professionally.