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The NAACP's principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens of United States and eliminate race and prejudice. The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes. This mission is accomplished by seeking the enactment and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights, and by informing the public of the adverse effects of discrimination, public policies, and other issues that impact our community. The NAACP offers scholarships and much more to African Americans. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded in 1909 in New York City by a group of black and white citizens committed to social justice and improving the quality of life for African Americans. The NAACP is the nation's largest and strongest civil rights organization. Today the organization has over 500,000 members, 1,700 branch chapters and 450 college and youth chapters. The history of the NAACP is one of blood sweat and tears. The real story of the nation's most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand still while the rights of some of America's darker citizens were denied. From bold investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on the vicious tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, it was the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. The fundamental goal of the NAACP's education advocacy agenda is to provide all students access to quality education. The NAACP Education Department seeks to accomplish this goal through policy development, training, collaboration, negotiation, legislation,

Litigation, and agitation. The NAACP Education Department's resources are strategically focused on three major objectives:

Preventing Racial Discrimination in Educational Programs and Services;

Advancing Educational Excellence; and, Promoting an Equal Opportunity Education Agenda. The fight for equity and quality extends to health care for African Americans. Long before it became a broad based public concern, efforts were underway to ensure that economic and social barriers would not lead to increasingly severe health crises in the minority community. In the early 1930's a national Health Committee was organized under the leadership of Dr. Montague Cobb. Today, the NAACP's Health Division has been leading the effort to inform and educate the community about health care costs; quality and access; disease prevention; health care professions and training; and youth and elderly health issues. The national health coordinator works with the National Health Committee to create



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