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    (February 12, 1909- )
    National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
    Based in Baltimore, Maryland
    Ida Wells-Barnett
    W.E.B. DuBois
    Henry Moscowitz
    Mary Ovington
    Oswald Villiard
    William Walling
    More than 500,000 members
    President George W. Bush declined an invitation to speak to them (2004).
    Bush claimed their leadership was making too many negative comments about him.
    Their tax exempt status was questioned by the Internal Revenue Service.
    Many conservatives view them as a liberal voice for the Democratic Party.
    Some feel their support of Affirmative Action discriminates against whites and Asian-Americans.
    They are criticized for taking stands on non-race issues, such as gun control and school vouchers.
    They file a lot of lawsuits.
    There is great debate about their effectiveness after the 1970’s.
    Their name contains the terribly out-of-fashion term 'colored people.'
    They were a central force behind the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.
    They fought against lynching, segregation, Jim Crow laws, hate crimes and apartheid.
    They were involved in many landmark Supreme Court cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education.
    They promote non-violent tactics, such as protests, marches, sit-ins and boycotts.
    They established legal defense, disaster relief and educational funds.
    They oppose the flying of the Confederate Flag on public property.
    They present the NAACP Image Awards honoring black entertainers.
    They fight for women's and gay rights, honoring the notion that everybody deserves equal protection under the law.

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