The NAACP at 100 — A Photo Retrospective

A look at the people, places and events that defined the long struggle for racial equality in America.

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  • Founding Father

    Founding Father

    Joel Elias Spingarn, one of the NAACP’s founders and second president. Spingarn was also one of the organization’s first Jewish members.

  • The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

    The Man Who Killed Jim Crow

    Lawyer, NAACP litigation director and former Dean of Howard University Law School Charles Hamilton Houston. He was involved in nearly every civil rights case brought to the Supreme Court between 1930-1954. Houston also trained Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall.

  • Lest We Forget...

    Lest We Forget...

    A flag, frequently hung from the NAACP headquarters in New York, announces the death of a lynching victim.

  • Dynamic Duo

    Dynamic Duo

    Former NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins and former Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall at work in the NAACP office.

  • First Lady First

    First Lady First

    Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt attends an NAACP event in the 1950s.

  • The Dream Team

    The Dream Team

    The 1964 conference on civil rights: From left: Bayard Rustin, Jack Greenberg, Whitney Young Jr., James Farmer, Roy Wilkins, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis and A. Philip Randolph.

  • Ole Miss Man

    Ole Miss Man

    Slain civil rights activist and former NAACP state field representative Medgar Evers. Evers, who worked hard to desegregate the University of Mississippi, was shot in his driveway in 1963. His killing shocked the nation and further energized the campaign to desegregate American life.

  • Birth of a Nation

    Birth of a Nation

    The controversial 1915 silent film by D.W. Griffith was met with protest and demands of censorship by the NAACP. Despite the organization’s national campaign against Birth of a Nation, it went on to become one of the highest selling Hollywood films, eventually beat out by “Gone with the Wind” in 1940.

  • Kentucky Klass Klash

    Kentucky Klass Klash

    A student of an integrated school in Sturgis, Ky. is escorted by the National Guard at the end of class.

  • At the Office

    At the Office

    NAACP and The Crisis magazine office at 69 Fifth Avenue in New York City, N.Y.

  • Get Out & Vote!

    Get Out & Vote!

    A school bus sign advertising one of the NAACP voter registration drives.

  • Signs of the Times

    Signs of the Times

    NAACP members at the 1934 Crime Conference in Washington, D.C.

  • White Water, Black Water

    White Water, Black Water

    A young black man drinks from a segregated water cooler in 1939.

  • Membership and Dues

    Membership and Dues

    In 1941, an NAACP membership poster targets new recruits and encourages readership of the magazine.

  • Visible Threats

    Visible Threats

    Former NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins holds up a hangman’s noose from Florida that was sent to the NAACP national headquarters.

  • Miss Lena Sings the Blues

    Miss Lena Sings the Blues

    Medgar Evers escorts singer Lena Horne into a Jackson, Miss. meeting hall for a civil rights rally in 1963.

  • Silent Protest

    Silent Protest

    British NAACP picketers brandish anti-lynching posters.

  • War Wounds

    War Wounds

    Sept. 5, 1963: Pedestrians stop to look at the damaged home of NAACP attorney Arthur Shores. Assailants had bombed Shores’ Birmingham, Ala. home the night before, injuring his wife.

  • Moving Forward

    Moving Forward

    March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.

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