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A Very Present Force: Celebrating a Century of the Detroit Branch NAACP

November 14, 2012 - March 24, 2013

The Detroit Branch NAACP has long been a trailblazing civil rights organization. Since its formation in 1912 - only three years after the founding of the national association - the Detroit Branch NAACP has been on the frontlines of civil rights activism and advocacy, both locally and throughout the nation.  A Very Present Force celebrates this sustained and important century-long struggle for equal opportunity and social justice.

Organized into three sections, A Very Present Force explores the Detroit Branch NAACP’s rich local history while situating it within the broader national and international struggle for civil rights.  Section One explores 19th century activism from the 1800s through World War I.  Section Two examines the founding of the Detroit Branch in 1912 to its hosting of the national NAACP Convention in 1989.  Section Three explores Branch activism from 1990 to the present.

The story of the Detroit Branch NAACP is colorful and rich.  It is the nation's largest branch, has the nation's youngest executive director, has the nation's largest youth council, and has the nation's largest annual Freedom Fund Dinner.  This exhibition celebrates the important role that the Detroit Branch has played within the nation's largest civil rights organization.

"A Very Present Force: Celebrating a Century of the Detroit Branch NAACP" is free with Museum admission.