NAACP Centennial : The Picture Show It's difficult to conceive that, had our current president been born a mere 100 years ago, he wouldn't have been able to sit at the same table, drink from the same water fountain or attend the same schools as his white counterparts — to say nothi...
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NAACP Centennial

It's difficult to conceive that, had our current president been born a mere 100 years ago, he wouldn't have been able to sit at the same table, drink from the same water fountain or attend the same schools as his white counterparts — to say nothing of the fact he would have only recently gained the right to vote. And yet here he is today in Washington, in the most powerful position our country has to offer.

If that's difficult to conceive, then it's easy to take for granted the fruits of a long and tedious struggle for civil rights. Today the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) celebrates its centennial anniversary, and indeed there is much to celebrate. Here's a look back at its history and the fight for civil rights.

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