MISSION: What Does NAACP Stand For?
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution – the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.
The Eureka Branch of the National Association of Colored People was founded in in 1952 by Noel Harris, Charis Harris, Bob Neloms and his wife Margaret Neloms, and several other community members under the leadership of its first president, Robert (Bob) Neloms. One of the first causes -- and a catalyst for the local chapter's formation -- was the depiction of people of color in the area newspapers. According to Noel Harris, Neloms, a World War I veteran, "was always going down to the newspapers and protesting the way they wrote 'Negro' with a little 'n.' (Neloms) finally got them to capitalize Negro and he also persuaded them not to specify the race of people accused of a crime." (Times Standard - 3/06/2012)
Other leadership within the branch included James (Jim) Howard, who led the chapter from 1969 to 1973 and served on the Eureka City Council from the early 1970s through the 1980s. Local leader, Charles Washington, also played a significant role in the chapter's leadership. In fact, the annual soul food dinner fundraiser is named in his honor. Arbella V. (AV) Powell served as president from 1995 to 2016.
To read more about the branch's history, please go to the Times Standard article here.