In the early 1950s, a naval worker was working in Spring Valley for the summer when a White woman accused him of staring at her; this resulted in his arrest.
As the news of the arrest spread, outrage grew within the community. Several members of the community began meeting to address the racism and inequality that existed in Rockland County.
The Spring Valley NAACP was born out of those discussions and the first official meeting was held in the basement of the First Baptist Church in Spring Valley.
The Spring Valley Branch NAACP received its charter on June 25, 1951 and for over 60 years, the Spring Valley Branch NAACP has devoted its energy to ensure the Civil Rights of all members of community are upheld because equality is not a privilege; it's a right.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans.
The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all person and to eliminate race-based discrimination.