Norwich Branch NAACP

W.E.B. DuBois Founding Member of NAACP

W.E.B. DuBois – Founding Member of NAACP

Formed in 1909, by a multiracial group of progressive thinkers, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored people (NAACP) is a non-profit organization.  The NAACP has as its mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic process.   This mission is accomplished by seeking the enactment and enforcement of federal, state and local laws securing civil rights, and by informing the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination.


Throughout its history, the pursuit of racial equality has been fought by educating members and the greater society of their constitutional rights and by taking all lawful actions to secure the exercise of those rights.


Join us in the fight to protect our rights, our lives and our future in Norwich


The top issues concerning the NAACP, its Regions and Local Offices are:


  • Civic Engagement – raising awareness for political, educational, social and economic equality of minority group citizens in the electoral process. 
  • Criminal Justice – advocating for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system.
  • Economic Opportunity – enhancing the capacity of African Americans and other underserved groups through financial economic education; individual and community asset building initiatives; diversity and inclusion in business hiring, career advancement and procurement; and monitoring financial banking practices.
  • Education – address challenging economic realities including poverty, lack of jobs and disproportionate high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, foreclosures, etc. 
  • Environmental & Climate Justice – support community leadership in addressing the human and civil rights issue of environmental injustice, including climate change, severity of storms, rising sea levels, and working to advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.
  • Health – focusing on the right of African Americans and other people of color to have optimal health outcomes and access to timely, quality, affordable health care; eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our health care system.
  • Media Diversity – fighting against negative portrayals of people of color in film and television; dealing with issues of diversity programming and minority employment.