With more than 2 million members and 112 years of experience, we work to make sure Black voices are heard, demands are met, and Black excellence is amplified.
In the past year:
- We worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, advocating for provisions in legislation targeted to address disparities and help those most in need. As a trusted messenger, we collaborated with partners to rollout a robust vaccine education program and to ensure equitable vaccine distribution. We continue to champion a guarantee of healthcare for all.
- We elevated the racial equity conversation to an unprecedented level. Our clarion call for the White House to create a Cabinet-level position focused on racial justice was heard. Through the pivotal appointment of a federal lead and a shift in priorities, the federal government will help to identify and eliminate pervasive institutional barriers to racial equality.
- We aggressively used litigation to protect civil rights. Thanks to our federal lawsuit, NAACP v. DeVos, the U.S. Department of Education was blocked from diverting money for COVID-19 aid from public schools to private schools. We also litigated and won a pivotal Supreme Court case, NAACP v. Trump, that prevented the administration from rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
And we're not done.
In the most consequential election in memory, it was essential for Black people to vote in massive numbers in 2020. And vote we did. NAACP played a crucial role, partnering with the data science firm GSSA to develop new tools and strategies for voter education and turnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. We built our program using cutting-edge data science combined with the engine of traditional organizing: the power of person-to-person connection.
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson issues statement following the passing of Congressman A. Donald McEachin
Through outreach and training, we engaged Black coal miners, meat packers, and steelworkers with union and labor organizations to discuss the priorities of Black workers and families to ensure a just transition to a renewable energy economy.