Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP

Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP

Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP

Fight for Freedom: The Story of the NAACP

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The most famous initials in America are N.A.A.C.P.

The most talked-about non-political organization in America is the N.A.A.C.P.

The most written-about voluntary association in America is the N.A.A.C.P.

The most damned group of respectable citizens and, on the other hand, one of the most praised groups in America, is the N.A.A.C.P.

These initials--N.A.A.C.P.--stand for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Since even when used as a unit--NAACP--as is now customary, this combination of letters is not a natural syllabic sound--like NATO, for example--the initials are pronounced in full, letter by letter. By group effort in recent years the men and women behind these five letters have changed the legal and social history of the United States and they are still effecting monumental changes today.

Because of its amazing national leverage, the NAACP is continuous front-page news. No day goes by but that somewhere in the United States--in the press, in magazines, in the Congressional Record , in newsreels, on radio and television--these initials are printed, visualized, or broadcast. Not a week goes by but that somewhere the lawyers of the NAACP are in court defending its members against arrest, fines, or imprisonment.

More NAACP members have undergone arrest in recent years than have members of the Communist party. Yet the NAACP has never been labeled a subversive organization . . .

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