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Inspirational Leadership and Achievement:
The NAACP on the Eve of Its Centennial


The NAACP: A Century of Economic Equity Action

19101934:
Dr. W. E. B. Du Bois, founder and editor of The Crisis magazine, encourages African-American empowerment and the Negro Cultural Renaissance.

1915:
NAACP protests against racial stereotyping by launching a nationwide boycott of The Birth of a Nation.


1938:
Thurgood Marshall leads strategy session after U.S. Supreme Court orders University of Missouri to admit Lloyd Gaines.

1944:
An NAACP branch in Detroit marches in a parade for victory over “Jim Crow.”

1962:
Protesting hotel discrimination during the NAACPs 53rd Annual Convention in Atlanta.


1963:
March on Washington to demand economic opportunities for black workers

1965:
The Voting Rights Act is passed by Congress.

1979:
Hon. Percy Sutton, Julian Bond and other NAACP leaders meet in New York City to discuss response to Andrew Young’s forced resignation as Ambassador to the UN for his role in the Egypt-Israeli peace process.


1988:
NAACP First Annual Fair Share Awards

2001:
Thomas W. Jones is added to FOX Entertainment’s Board of Directors, fulfilling the final condition of News Corp.’s MOU with the NAACP.

2007:
Launch of Gateway to Leadership, a summer internship program with the Money Management Institute, to place black students at Wall Street firms.

2008:
Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.


 

The Corporate Legacy

“The world we face today is very different from —
and much better than — the world we faced in 1909.”

Julian Bond, Chair, National Board of Directors, NAACP


Tracey Burton
Director of Diversity
Target

Target

At Target, diversity is a core value, and we are committed to fostering
an inclusive culture by making team members and guests feel welcome,
respected and valued regardless of their background or lifestyle.



“By breaking down barriers, we helped America get comfortable with the notion that
a black person could run the highest office in the company — and the country.”

Benjamin T. Jealous, President and CEO, NAACP


Bank of America

We are committed to strengthening the long-term health of the communities we serve by providing greater access to capital and credit to working individuals and families across the country.

Andrew Plepler, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation



The 21st Century: NAACP/Corporate Partnerships

“Today, our corporate conversations must address economic stability, health equity and education parity,
as we work collaboratively to ensure an inclusive society for America’s culturally diverse population.”

Roslyn Brock, Vice Chair, National Board of Directors, NAACP




Janine Fondon
President and CEO
UnityFirst.com

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