"Lift Every Voice and Sing," often called "The Black National Anthem," was written as a poem by NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson and set to music by his brother, John Rosamond Johnson.History of Our Anthem
We have a wonderful history behind us… and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements.- Carter G. Woodson, American historian and scholar known as the father of Black history
We look to these heroes from our past for lessons and inspiration as we continue their important work into the future.
Learn more about key legislative milestones that have helped secure political, educational, social, and economic equality for Black Americans.
White Americans used lynchings to terrorize and control Black people in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn more about the history of this brutal practice and how NAACP worked to end lynching.
America's modern-day police mentality can be traced back to "slave patrols" created in the early 1700s to terrorize slave uprisings. Learn more about the racist roots of policing and why NAACP advocates for a smarter criminal justice system.