Local Highlands County Branch information for The NAACP, the Premier Civil Rights organization in the United States, has been a leading force for equality. From its inception in 1909 until today the NAACP continues to push forward in political, economic, and social issues.
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History of the Florida NAACP
From 1939 to 1940, Florida formed 9 branches of the NAACP. The plan for the branches to work together was formulated in 1941. In a meeting on October 17-19, 1941, the first National Association of the Advancement of Colored People State Conference of Branches in the nation was formulated in Florida.
During the 1950’s the process of building more local branches began. Unfortunately the Florida State Legislature initiated actions against the NAACP and its growth in the state following the U. S. Supreme Court unanimous desegregation ruling in 1954, Brown v Board of Education. The State Conference of the NAACP was ordered by the state of Florida to disclose the membership of the NAACP (see: Supreme Court case NAACP v State of Alabama, 1958).
The increase in civil rights activism during the 1960’s took place throughout the South. In Florida, sit-ins, protest marches and other non-violent actions took place throughout the state. The NAACP represented many of the protesters in court as cases stemming from protests, desegregation and voting rights made their way through the courts. The first Freedom Fund Banquet was held in Florida in 1975, and the first time Florida hosted the NAACP National Convention was the 71st Annual Convention in 1980 on Miami Beach.
The continued work of the NAACP throughout the State of Florida has fostered equal and fair treatment for citizens through the tireless work of its Branches and growing membership. Working to combat the forces that continue to deny voting rights, fair employment opportunities, desegregation efforts and basic civil rights to all citizens, by political and legal means has continued since the creation of those earlier branches and continues today in Florida.
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The oldest and largest civil rights organization has an illustrious history. Many well known leaders contributed to the formation, growth and success of the NAACP.
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Which NAACP Chief Counsel became a U. S. Supreme Court Justice?Correct
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Who succeeded Justice Marshall upon his death on the Supreme Court?Correct
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What landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision was passed in 1965?Correct
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Jim Crow Laws, were state and local statutes that mandated _____________ until 1965.Correct
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In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr., at a March on Washington, gave his famous “I have a dream” speech. What was the date of that speech?Correct
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The bus boycott, inspired by Rosa Parks’ refusal to sit in the back of the bus, took place in what city?Correct
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