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NAACP "How the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Began"

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09640.130.01 Author/Creator: NAACP Place Written: New York, New York Type: Pamphlet Date: 1951 Pagination: 10 p. ; 22.7 x 15.2 cm.

One printing entitled, "How the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Began," written by Mary White Ovington dated 1951. Details the first months of the NAACP, recounting persons intially involved such as William English Walling, W.E.B. du Bois, among others. Last page contains a list of the NAACP officers and board of directors for the year 1951.

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