NAACP Fights for Civil Rights

Robert A. Wright, Sr., long-time president of the NAACP Iowa-Nebraska State Conference, discusses the birth of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP).


Our problem was then the second class citizenship that we were experiencing. We couldn’t go to the restaurants. We couldn’t go to the theaters. So we were saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got to do something about this.’ And the NAACP became a brain trust to get out of this, to relieve us of the oppressed conditions under which we were living.

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