This is an essay about the NCAAP and its fight against segregation and descrimination of colored people in publich schools. It also includes how the NCAAP goes about reaching its goals.

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

In all of history, people of fought for rights. In most countries, and especially in the United States, the people are eventually given rights be documents such as the United States Constitution. However, the rights given by such writings are not always given to everyone. This creates the struggle for equal rights. Equal rights are what colored people have sought ever since the end of the Civil War and the freeing of slaves. Organizations have emerged over time to help in this fight. One such organization is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which has been fighting for the rights of colored people since its creation in 1909. Its creation is based on the injustices done to colored people after the following the Civil War.

The NAACP was created out of necessity. Following the Civil war and the resulting liberation of slaves, black people who were by right citizens were not treated as such.

They were not given civil rights. Civil rights are those given by virtue of being a citizen and fundamentally include the amendments of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. However, colored people were treated with a hatred and resentment that wasn't legal but was tolerated and accepted by the government. In 1875, a Civil Rights law was passed which while ineffective had symbolic value. However, though not enforced, it was invalidated by the [Supreme] Court in 1883. (Goings 2) This proves that the government in 1875 saw the injustice of what was going on but then in 1883 accepted it and once again made it legal. The government of the late nineteenth century did not do its job in protecting its people and their rights.

As the number of injustices grew,