NAACP celebrates Founder’s Day

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – The history of an organization that has fought for racial justice for 111 years was remembered today.

The Alachua County Branch of the NAACP hosted a Founder's Day luncheon at the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural Center in Gainesville.

The organization was founded on February 12, 1909. It was created in response to lynchings and the 1908 race riot in Springfield, Illinois.

The theme of the lunch was the “Conscience of A Nation.”

Speakers talked about educational equity, the history of the organization, and the upcoming census which is a headcount of people living in the US.

“Our legacy is great and it’s too much to go into,” said Evelyn Foxx, the president of the Alachua County charter for NAACP. “But to minimize it, we are the oldest largest and biggest civil rights organization in the world."

The luncheon acknowledged past local presidents of the chapter and played a slideshow throughout the event that provided background information of each founding member of the organization.