February 12

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) founded

February 12, 1909

Related Lessons

  • Birth of a Nation, the NAACP, and the Balancing of Rights
    Lesson Plan / Art & Culture
    Birth of a Nation, the NAACP, and the Balancing of Rights

    In this lesson students learn how Birth of a Nation reflected and influenced racial attitudes, and they analyze and evaluate the efforts of the NAACP to prohibit showing of the film.

  • Lesson 1: NAACP’s Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1920s
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 1: NAACP’s Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1920s

    This lesson focuses on the constitutional arguments for and against the enactment of federal anti-lynching legislation in the early 1920s. Students will participate in a simulation game that enacts a fictitious Senate debate of the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill. As a result of completing this activity, students will gain a better understanding of the federal system, the legislative process, and the difficulties social justice advocates encountered.

  • Lesson 2: NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1930s
    Lesson Plan / History & Social Studies
    Lesson 2: NAACP's Anti-Lynching Campaign in the 1930s

    In this lesson students will participate in a role-play activity that has them become members of a newspaper or magazine editorial board preparing a retrospective report about the NAACP's anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s. As the students analyze and synthesize a variety of primary sources, they will gain a better understanding of the reasons for the failure of anti-lynching campaign of the 1930s, the limits of liberal reform during the New Deal, and the NAACP's decision to shift its focus to a legal campaign to end segregation.

Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president, is born

February 12, 1809

Charles Darwin, English naturalist, is born

February 12, 1890