Today in History
February 12, 1909
A diverse group of activists, shocked by a deadly race riot in Illinois the previous year, unites to form the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, for "renewal of the struggle for civil and political liberty" for African Americans. Founding members included the civil rights reformer Mary White Ovington, the journalist Ida Wells-Barnett, and the sociologist W.E.B. DuBois. Since then, the group's efforts have helped strike down policies of segregation and discrimination in the government, the military, housing, schools and the workplace.
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