The NAACP Northern California branch was founded in 1915 with the headquarters in Oakland. By 1919 the organization had over 1,000 members throughout the Bay Area, and in 1920 a charter was granted to Oakland Division No. 188 of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA).
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
The following statement of objectives is found on the first page of the NAACP Constitution - the principal objectives of the Association shall be:
To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens
To inform the public of the adverse effects of racial discrimination and to seek its elimination
To achieve equality of rights and eliminate race prejudice among citizens of the United States
To remove all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes
To seek enactment and enforcement of federal, state, and local laws securing civil rights
To educate persons as to their constitutional rights and to take all lawful action to secure the exercise thereof, and to take any other lawful action in furtherance of these objectives, consistent with the NAACP's Articles of Incorporation and this Constitution.