Formed in 1909, by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is a non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups. The NAACP has as its mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes.
As the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, the NAACP has worked successfully with allies of all races who believe in and stand for the principles on which the organization was founded. Throughout its history, some of America's greatest minds have worked to effect change. From corporate partnerships to tireless volunteer labor, the NAACP has evolved to meet the challenges of the day, while remaining true to its original mission. With renewed commitment, the new NAACP is poised to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Programs of the Chattanooga branch
- ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics) a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African American high school students; and
- BTS/SIS (Back-To-School/Stay-In-School) which address the following issues outlined in the NAACP Call for Action in Education: Reducing the Absenteeism, Truancy and Dropout Rates; Increasing Parental and Community Involvement; Eliminating Racial Disparities in the Suspension and Expulsion of Students; and Improving Access to Qualified Teachers and Administrators.