National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

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  1. Kweisi Mfume

    Kweisi Mfume


    Kweisi Mfume (born Frizzell Gerald Gray; October 24, 1948) is the former President/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as a five-term Democratic Congressman from Maryland's 7th congressional district, serving in the 100th through 104th Congress. On September 12, 2006, he lost a primary campaign for the United States Senate seat that was being vacated by Maryland U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes.

  2. Julian Bond

    Julian Bond


    Horace Julian Bond (January 14, 1940 – August 15, 2015) was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, and writer. While a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, during the early 1960s, he helped to establish the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

  3. Thurgood Marshall

    Thurgood Marshall


    Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African-American justice.

  4. Joe Madison

    Joe Madison


    Joseph (Joe) Madison (born June 16, 1949), alternatively known as "The Black Eagle" or "Madison", is an American radio talk-show host and activist.

  5. W. E. B. Du Bois

    W. E. B. Du Bois


    William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois (pronounced /dˈbɔɪz/ doo-BOYZ; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1909.

  6. Maxim Thorne

    Maxim Thorne


    Maxim Thorne is an American writer, philanthropist and civil rights advocate, who teaches Philanthropy in Action at Yale College, Yale Law School and Yale School of Management. He is the founder of JusticeInvestor, the very first litigation finance company to crowdfund environmental and social justice cases where investors take a stake in the proceeds of plaintiffs' recoveries. "JusticeInvestor's market solution to environmental and social justice violations will finally begin to fix our broken legal system - we are David versus Goliath - and bad acting defendants can no longer believe that they can outspend and outlast even the most meritorious claims just because they are rich and have litigation insurance."

  7. Benjamin Hooks

    Benjamin Hooks


    Benjamin Lawson Hooks (January 31, 1925 – April 15, 2010) was an American civil rights leader. A Baptist minister and practicing attorney, he served as executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1977 to 1992, and throughout his career was a vocal campaigner for civil rights in the United States.

  8. Charles Sherrod

    Charles Sherrod


    Charles Sherrod (born 1937) was a key member and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. He became the first SNCC field secretary and SNCC director of southwest Georgia. His leadership there led to the Albany Movement. He also participated in the Selma Voting Rights Movement and in many other arenas of the 1960s movement era.

  9. Moorfield Storey

    Moorfield Storey


    Moorfield Storey (March 19, 1845 – October 24, 1929) was an American lawyer, publicist, and civil rights leader. According to Storey's biographer, William B. Hixson, Jr., he had a worldview that embodied "pacifism, anti-imperialism, and racial egalitarianism fully as much as it did laissez-faire and moral tone in government." Storey served as the inaugural president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a position he held from 1909 to 1929.

  10. Roy Wilkins

    Roy Wilkins


    Roy Wilkins (August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981) was a prominent civil rights activist in the United States from the 1930s to the 1970s. Wilkins' most notable role was in his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

  11. Ted Berry

    Ted Berry


    Theodore M. Berry (November 5, 1905 – October 15, 2000), an American politician of the Charter Party of Cincinnati, Ohio, was the first African-American mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.

  12. William Montague Cobb

    William Montague Cobb


    Dr. William Montague Cobb was a pioneering 20th-century physical anthropologist. As the first African American to earn a Ph.D in anthropology, and the only one until after the Korean War, his main focus in the anthropological discipline was studying the concept of race and the negative impact it has on communities of color.

  13. Joel Elias Spingarn

    Joel Elias Spingarn


    Joel Elias Spingarn (May 17, 1875 – July 26, 1939) was an American educator, literary critic, and civil rights activist.

  14. Myrlie Evers-Williams

    Myrlie Evers-Williams


    Myrlie Evers-Williams (born March 17, 1933) is a civil rights activist and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers in 1963. She was also chairwoman of the NAACP, and published several books on topics related to civil rights and her husband’s legacy. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama.

  15. Roslyn Brock

    Roslyn Brock


    Roslyn McCallister Brock (born May 30, 1965) is an African-American civil rights leader, healthcare executive, and health activist. She was selected to succeed Julian Bond as chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on February 20, 2010, becoming the fourth woman and the youngest person to serve in the position.

  16. J. Whyatt Mondesire

    J. Whyatt Mondesire


    J. Whyatt Mondesire (born October 10, 1949) was a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer during the early career. He now owns the Philadelphia Sun newspaper, and was president of the Philadelphia branch of the NAACP for over a decade.

  17. Benjamin Jealous

    Benjamin Jealous


    Benjamin Todd Jealous (born January 18, 1973) is an American political and civic leader and former president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is currently a partner at Kapor Capital and Board Chairman of the Southern Elections Fund.

  18. Benjamin Chavis Muhammad

    Benjamin Chavis Muhammad


    Dr. Benjamin Franklin Chavis, Jr. (born January 22, 1948) is an African American civil rights leader, born in Oxford, North Carolina. In his youth, Chavis was an assistant to Martin Luther King, Jr., who inspired him to work in the civil rights movement.

  19. Kivie Kaplan

    Kivie Kaplan


    Kivie Kaplan (April 1, 1904 – May 5, 1975) was a Jewish-American businessman and philanthropist.

  20. Betty Hill (civil rights leader)

    Betty Hill (civil rights leader)


    Betty Hill (1876–1960) was an early 20th-century civil rights and women’s rights leader. Her efforts were significant in making certain that segregation and racial discrimination were unable to gain a foothold in Southern California as it did in the South.

  21. Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson

    Lillie Mae Carroll Jackson


    Lillie May Carroll Jackson (May 25, 1889 – July 5, 1975), pioneer civil rights activist, organizer of the Baltimore branch of the NAACP. Invariably known as "Dr. Lillie", "Ma Jackson", and the "mother of the civil rights movement", Lillie May Carroll Jackson pioneered the tactic of non-violent resistance to racial segregation used by Martin Luther King and others during the early civil rights movement.

  22. William English Walling

    William English Walling


    William English Walling (1877–1936) (known as "English" to friends and family) was an American labor reformer and Socialist Republican born into a wealthy family in Louisville, Kentucky. He founded the National Women's Trade Union League in 1903. Moved by his investigation of a 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois, he was among the co-founders of the NAACP in 1909.

  23. Graham T. Perry

    Graham T. Perry


    Graham T. Perry (1894–1960) was a prominent African-American attorney who served as assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois. He is also the father of stage director Shauneille Perry and uncle of playwright Lorraine Hansberry.

  24. Mary White Ovington

    Mary White Ovington


    Mary White Ovington (April 11, 1865 – July 15, 1951) was an American suffragist, journalist, and co-founder of the NAACP.

  25. Margaret Bush Wilson

    Margaret Bush Wilson


    Margaret Bush Wilson (January 30, 1919 – August 11, 2009) was an American activist. Wilson broke many barriers as an African-American woman throughout her professional career. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, she successfully managed a St. Louis law firm for over 40 years. Wilson completed her undergraduate degree at Talladega College. She graduated with honors in 1940, after studying in India for 6 months, as a recipient of the Juliette Derricotte Memorial Fund for Undergraduate Study in India, which had been established by Sue Bailey Thurman.

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