Brooklyn Branch of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( NAACP )
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.
The Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP was established in 1920. It was a year of turmoil and pervasive lynching of African-American men. The first meeting of the Brooklyn NAACP, held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 1920, was an anti-lynching meeting. Attending that meeting was Congressman Leonidas C. Dyer of Missouri, who introduced the Anti-Lynching Bill in Congress. Also present was Senator Joseph Frank of Maryland, an unwavering anti-lynching campaigner. Over the years, the Brooklyn Branch has gained a reputation as one of the largest, most effective and influential branches of the NAACP.
At its peak, the branch had a membership of some 10,000. The Brooklyn Branch is poised to reclaim this rich history with its restructuring. Since its reorganization in June 2005, the branch has emerged with a young and committed leadership. This leadership is determined to build on the branch’s rich legacy of activism and defending the social, economic, political and legal rights of people of color.