NAACP celebrates 111 years of fighting for equality, justice for all communities

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated their 111th Founders’ Day Wednesday.

The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909. Source: (KNOE)

The Ouachita-Monroe Chapter along with the ULM Chapter celebrated with a service at New St. John Baptist Church.

“We recognize and still try to survive because of injustices," said Ouachita chapter president Rev. Ambrose Douzart.

The NAACP was founded by W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Archibald Grimké and Henry Moskowitz on Feb. 12, 1909.

Their mission was to dismantle racial injustices and seek equality for all people.

While the local chapter celebrated their organization’s purpose, they remembered that their fight for justice and equality was far from over.

“The struggle to demonstrate love, justice, tolerance and hope are never over," said NAACP member Earline Knox.

The NAACP in Ouachita Parish has done marches to protest crime and violence in the community.

Additionally, they have held voter registration drives, offered rides to the polls, and advocated for rights of those that could not vote.

To see the full list of chapters in La. click here.