On June 29, 2012, Congressman Al Green (TX-09) introduced a resolution, H.CON.RES 130, recognizing the 103rd anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
"Throughout its 103 years of existence, the NAACP's accomplishments have been numerous, ranging from the fight against segregation to securing voting rights for all Americans," Congressman Green said. "I have witnessed firsthand the integral role the NAACP has played in securing, protecting and enhancing the rights of every single American."
Since its inception, on February 12, 1909, the NAACP has worked to ensure that African Americans have a voice and role in society. The resolution honors the trailblazing organization and the legacy of pioneers who have worked for and with it, such as W.E.B. DuBois, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, Mary Mcleod Bethune, Mary White Ovington, Joel Elias Spingarn and Roy Wilkins.
"From the ballot box to the classroom, the dedicated workers, organizers and leaders who make up the NAACP have been continuously fighting on the frontlines for social and economic justice," Congressman Green said. "This resolution acknowledges the efforts of the NAACP, including its role in the passage of landmark civil rights legislation of the 20th Century, and efforts to reform discriminative sentencing practices around the country."
Additionally, the NAACP has earned a reputation as an active humanitarian organization. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the NAACP launched the Disaster Relief Fund, which has raised millions to aid survivors in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Alabama.
"In the face of vehement racial injustice when some chose to sit and look away, the NAACP was determined to face injustice head on," Congressman Green said.