Orginal Publication Date
Explorations in Ethnic Studies
On November 10, 1939 at Benedict College, a black institution in Columbia, black South Carolinians met to organize a state unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Poeple [People] (NAACP). The main objective of the new organization, the South Carolina Conference of NAACP, was to create an effective instrument to be used for propaganda, fund-raising and litigation purposes, and to function as a united front in the struggle to reclaim the ballot. From the outset, the State Conference sought to create a mass-supported organization. Membership drives were initiated to enlarge the existing branches and to set up new branches. The organization also had an “unofficial” mouthpiece in a new black newspaper, The Lighthouse and Informer, founded in Columbia in 1941.
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