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NAACP – Cleveland News & Info

Local Cleveland 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 NAACP in Ohio

The first Ohio branch of the NAACP was formed in Cleveland in 1912, just 3 years after the organization was formed in New York on the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln and in  response to the disappointing actions of the Niagara Movement, which had its final meeting in Oberlin,  Ohio in 1908. The goals of ending racial discrimination,  segregation, and lynchings were of paramount concern. In 1915, branches of the NAACP were formed in Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Springfield, and Toledo.  During the next few years, 1916-1919, NAACP branches were established at Akron, Lorain, Oberlin, Wellsville, and Youngstown in northern Ohio.

As with the parent organization in New York, the  Ohio NAACP branches were racially integrated, but most NAACP members and leaders in Ohio were African Americans.

In the early years, the Cleveland Branch was the most vital in the state. It’s public meetings were well attended. However, the Cleveland Branch was small and lacked sufficient funding. The branch began to work on employment and housing problems and occasionally inserted itself into racial discrimination cases.  The first district conference of the NAACP in Ohio was held in Cleveland in May 1916. In June of 1919, Cleveland was the site of the Tenth Anniversary Annual Conference of the national organization.

The 1930’s and 1940’s,  Ohio had several violent acts against blacks. For example, The Mt. Adams Stonings in 1944, The Racial profiling of Nathan Wright and the Case of Haney Bradley and others. All of which signaled how little things had changed.

Pushing forward to desegregation through the 1950’s and 60’s was a hard fought struggle in Ohio. The timeline of protests and boycotts especially in response to the U. S. Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education, delineate the hard fought battle for justice in public schools. In 1964, nearly 20,000 African-American public school students boycotted the Cincinnati Public School system to protest the district’s segregation policies.  Ten years after the landmark Supreme Court decision.

The struggles in Ohio with treatment by law enforcement and an unfair judicial system continued in the 1960’s even with the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965), few changes took place in some communities, however, the struggle continued.

The NAACP at the National, State and local or branch levels in Ohio, has been at the forefront of many court cases to ensure the rights of all people. By applying direct action or litigation,  the NAACP,  has continued to fight on behalf of people and their rights.

sources: "African Americans and the Color Line, 1915-1930" by William Wayne Giffin

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