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Honoring and praising the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on the occasion of its 108th anniversary.
Whereas the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (referred to in this resolution as the “NAACP”), originally known as the National Negro Committee, was founded in New York City on February 12, 1909, the centennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth, by a multiracial group of activists who met in a national conference to discuss the civil and political rights of African-Americans;
Whereas the NAACP was founded by a distinguished group of leaders in the struggle for civil and political liberty, including Ida Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. DuBois, Henry Moscowitz, Mary White Ovington, Oswald Garrison Villard, and William English Walling;
Whereas the NAACP is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States;
Whereas the NAACP National Headquarters is located in Baltimore, Maryland with Georgia Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia and Adult Branches, College Chapters and Youth Councils across this country;
Whereas the mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination;
Whereas the NAACP is committed to achieving its goals through nonviolence public policy advocacy, direct action and litigation;
Whereas the NAACP advances its mission through reliance upon the press, the petition, the ballot, and the courts, and has been persistent in the use of legal and moral persuasion, even in the face of overt and violent racial hostility;
Whereas the NAACP has used political pressure, marches, demonstrations, and effective lobbying to serve as the voice, as well as the shield, for minority Americans;
Whereas the NAACP has helped usher in the new millennium by charting a bold course with a strategic plan to confront 21st century challenges in the critical areas of political participation, criminal justice, sustainable economics, health, education, housing, and environment; and
Whereas, on February 12, 2017, the NAACP under the leadership of _________________ (local President) celebrates their 108th Anniversary;
Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the _______________ (name of Government), that this body
(1) recognizes the 108th anniversary of the historic founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; and
(2) honors and praises the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on the occasion of its anniversary for its work to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all persons.