Founded in 1917, the Charleston, South Carolina Branch of the NAACP is a local unit of the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. For nearly 100 years, the Charleston, South Carolina Branch of the NAACP has been committed to important issues effecting the lives and welfare of people in and around the Charleston, SC area. The work to which we remain committed can best be described as belonging to one of the following areas of focus: Education The Charleston, SC Branch of the NAACP strives to ensure that all students have access to an equal and high-quality public education by eliminating education-related racial and ethnic disparities in our public schools. Justice The Charleston Branch of the NAACP advocates for smarter, results-based criminal justice policies to keep our communities safe, including treatment for addiction and mental health problems, judicial discretion in sentencing, and an end to racial disparities at all levels of the system. Locally, we continue to fight towards the end of racially profiling by the local law enforcement agencies. Civic Engagement The Charleston, SC Branch of the NAACP are frontline advocates committed to raising awareness for political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority group citizens in the electoral process. Our branch is actively engaged in increasing the African American responsiveness of citizens to be fully engaged in the democratic process.