The NAACP or National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded in February of 1909. Today it is the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded as a response to violence against African Americans, with anti-lynching as its main concern. The NAACP now has over 2,200 branches and has won many legal battles in favor of African Americans, especially during the civil rights era of the 1950s and 1960s. Today the NAACP focuses on important issues such as inequality in jobs, education, health care and the criminal justice system, protection of voting rights, and the removal of Confederate flags. Visit the NAACP website to support them by donating!