In Georgia, the NAACP was organized from January 1917 until June of 1920 and has had a continuous presence in the state since. Cities and communities around the state of Georgia have organized local branches tasked with addressing the pressing civil rights, voting rights and other issues of the day. Currently, there are nearly 75 local branches of the NAACP in the State of Georgia.
Whether school discrimination or civil rights, voter rights or employment rights, the NAACP with a team of lawyers, religious leaders, politicians and concerned citizens have fought for and continue to fight for rights and challenge voter intimidation. For nearly a century the work and successes of the NAACP has improved the lives of many. Voter intimidation was the primary concern of the Atlanta Negro Voters League, a bipartisan political organization started in 1949.
By 1949 African-Americans represented at least 25 percent of Atlanta’s registered voters. Working in concert with the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), assisted with the guidance and leadership of many like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Andrew Young, Unites States Congressman John Lewis, and former Atlanta Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, helped motivate and organize lawyers, religious leaders, politicians, Freedom Rider’s and marchers to target discrimination cases in communities throughout the South.
In the aftermath of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4, 1968, many Georgians were moved to joined the NAACP and to register to vote. During recent years the NAACP has expanded it’s focus to include addressing discrimination in the private sector, concentrating on the hindrances blacks have experienced to economic opportunities.