A Legacy of impact
Minneapolis NAACP has a rich and vibrant history, but we are more than our past. Who we are is every bit as much about our present and future. It’s about our legacy of advocacy, activism, hope, and progress. The legacy we will leave is the history we continue to make, the narratives we change, and the ability to create a sustainable positive impact on the lives of people in our community now and yet to come.
Who We Are Today
Founded in 1915 as part of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, the Minneapolis NAACP is among more than 2200 branches with more than two million activists across the country united in the fight to end racial inequality. We are an IRS-designated 501(c)(4) nonprofit advocacy organization operated by local members and leaders in our jurisdiction of Hennepin County, Minnesota.
Through our many active Committees fueled by active members and residents across our community, Minneapolis NAACP fights against disparities in housing, education, economic development, and healthcare to name just a few. We advocate and raise awareness to address the inequities that exist in vulnerable, marginalized, and disadvantaged communities. We also stand up against racial discrimination and hate. We receive complaints reporting such issues by phone and by email and provide referrals to assist complainants. We also provide voter registration, education, and engagement as well as political campaign forums for the community.
We are committed to a world without racism where Black people enjoy equitable opportunities in thriving communities. Our work is rooted in racial equity, civic engagement, and supportive policies and institutions for all marginalized people.
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution – the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among the citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP’s Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.
Our 10 Point Program Summary for Liberation
We DEMAND jobs. We want jobs created for people of color that are consistent with the principles of equity and do not require one to compromise their ethnicity.
We DEMAND an end to ecological apartheid, and the protection of clean air, clean water, healthy soil, healthy food, and healthy and safe communities in Minnesota.
We DEMAND that black people, and other people of color, be provided community-defined evidence-based and culturally specific primary health, substance abuse and mental health supportive services.
We DEMAND that child protection services provide the necessary help and services to keep children in their homes in pursuit of family preservation.
We DEMAND transparency and accountability of the Minneapolis Police Department, Hennepin County Courts, Hennepin County and Minnesota Department of Corrections to disrupt and force an immediate end to mass incarceration.
We DEMAND an immediate end to the disparate graduation rates among African American students in the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).
We DEMAND transparency and accountability of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board: especially in their employment practices of people of color and their fiscal and management practices in communities of color.
We DEMAND economic and business development in communities of color.
We DEMAND adequate housing for ALL Minneapolis residents, especially those returning from out-of-home placement and “correctional facilities.”
We DEMAND resources that preserve and promote African-American history and culture.
New positive ways to get criminal justice
Help us bring medical criminal justice to the system that is currently taking place in the country. Join our community to become an activist and speak out!
Police cruelty victims need your support now
There are thousands of people who have lost their health and lives because of police violence all over the globe. You can prevent this in the future.
We are committed to working with victims
Rescuing people when they got trapped in a difficult situation such as discrimination is our main mission. We fight for justice on the political level!