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About us

The NAACP was founded on February 12, 1909, in New York City by a multiracial group of activists, who answered the call in response to increasing violence against black people in all parts of the country. Few Americans today understand that in the early years of the twentieth century in America, black citizens did not enjoy the assurance of police protection from physical assault or mob violence.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a non-profit organization established with the objective of insuring the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority groups. The NAACP has as its mission the goal of eliminating race prejudice and removing all barriers of racial discrimination through advocacy, the electoral process, lobbying, litigation, organization, and protest

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Our History

With a population of 224,326, Providence was, in 1910, the 21st largest city in the United States. Immigration from Europe, Canada, and the southern states had helped swell the population by nearly 50,000 from the 1900 Census. The city's citizens were cramped in mostly wooden housings amid numerous jewelry, cotton and woolen mills on 17.7 square miles of land at the head of Narragansett Bay.

Negroes, referred to more commonly as "Coloreds" and less commonly as "Blacks," counted as 5,247 of the city's total population. Due primarily to under-counting and the movement of people, it is estimated that the actual number of Negroes living in Providence at that time may have been closer to 6,000, less than 3% of the city's total population. Two-thirds of that number indicated they were born in Rhode Island while the remaining third had migrated to Providence from the Southern states, primarily Maryland and Virginia, with many claiming they moved to escape segregation and "Jim Crow" laws in the South.

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Youth Council


Program Overview

Our mission is to develop leadership and advocacy skills in youth and young adults. Driven by a spirit of service and activism, we focus our energies on facilitating activities that engage, empower and mobilize young people in building bright futures for themselves and their communities.

The goal for our youth is to develop and teach qualities such as: self-confidence, interpersonal skills, professional communications skills, problem resolution techniques and skills, community and political awareness, personal responsibility and accountability.



Developing a New Generation of Civil Rights and Community Leaders within the Greater Providence, RI community


  1. Provide young people with personal and leadership development training
  2. Proactive political and community activism
  3. Public awareness of the necessity of positive youth engagement


Students have always been at the forefront of most major social movements. From the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's to the anti-apartheid movement of the 1980's, student activism has forced society and the world to change. NAACP Providence Youth Council members are engaged in social justice activism addressing issues at the local, state and national level. The primary focus issues for the Youth Council are the following:




Upcoming Events





Membership & Meetings

Every third Thursday of the month at 6pm @ John Hope Settlement House,  7 Thomas Whitten Way, Providence, RI we have our "General Membership" meetings where everyone in the community is invited.


Members and memberships come in all sizes. Which is best for you and your family? 

  1. Application
  2. Membership Classes




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Executive Committe

James Vincent


Elmer C. Pina

1st Vice President

Saikon Gbehan Isijola, Esq.

2nd Vice President

Alice Martin

Membership Chair

Felicia Nimue Ackerman

Executive Board Member

Nicole Tingle

Branch Secretary

Aniece Germain

Assistant Secretary

Don Rhodes

Executive Committee Member At Large

Marylouise Joseph

Legal Redress Chair

James Daley

Branch Treasurer

Message From The President

Dear NAACP Members, Friends and Supporters:

Now in my eighth year as president, the N.A.A.C.P. Providence Branch continues to be a leading advocate on civil rights and for diversity on behalf of the community. The N.A.A.C.P. Providence branch over the last decade has established strong partnerships with groups like the Racial Justice Coalition of Rhode Island, the Economic Progress Institute, the Justice Reinvestment Task force, the Voting Access Coalition and the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

I invite you to our general body meetings that are held every third Thursday of the month, year round, at 6pm at the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, 588 Eddy Street, Providence.  

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Contact Us

We look forward to, and encourage, your various contacts with us. We may be contacted using any of the following methods. As we are a volunteer organization, our office hours vary.

Our phone number is (401) 521-6222. (Rest assured, we will return your calls.)

Our facsimile number is (401) 351-6222