By Dominique Little
The NAACP, (The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), formed in 1909, is a civil rights organization used in order to promote the advancement of African Americans. The group was formed in response to the horrific lynching’s happening in 1908. The NAACP’s principal objective is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of minority groups and eliminate race prejudice.
The NAACP seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination through the democratic processes. The goal of the NAACP was to secure everyone’s guaranteed rights in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments in the Constitution, which was modeled after DuBois` Niagara Movement.
In 1909, a group of white liberals held a meeting to discuss the racial injustice. Out of the 60 people who signed the call, 7 of them were African Americans. W.E.B Dubois, Ida B. Wells-Barnett and Mary Church Terrell were just some of the African Americans who signed.
NAACP AT DSU
Delaware State University students recently brought back this illustrious organization to their campus in 2016, where they revive these principal goals, and continue to fight for racial, political, and social inequality.
During the 2 years they have been active, they have participated in speaking to high school and middle school students on the importance of college, the Dream Act protest in Washington DC, Professional Development seminars, Community Organizer Trainings and so much more.
Every other week they host Woke Wednesdays, which focuses on speaking about different political, racial, and social topics happening in the world at the present moment to make everyone aware of what is going on around them.
“The NAACP organization represents a group on campus whose sole purpose is to support the unsupported.” Mister NAACP, Austin Jackson, proclaimed. He also stated, “Our primary goal is unity amongst students and the community. We make sure to focus on the fact that advancement is a big part of what we do, by keeping our peers informed with what’s going on in the world.”
Going into their 3rd year on campus, they have so much in store for this semester. “Our goal for this semester is to simply do more. Do more for the students on campus and do more for our community. Our goal for this semester is for our young kings and queens to truly discover their potential.” Jackson proclaimed.
On Thursday, February 1st, the NAACP Youth and College Division at Delaware State has an Interest Meeting taking place in the Library on the 5th floor at 7pm. They encourage all students to come out and participate.
The NAACP Youth and College Division wants students to become more than just a voice on social media; get out and actually start making a change in the community, because it starts with our generation.