The primary work of the NAACP is done through active branch standing committees—of the 19 standing committees, at least 17 should be active: ACTSO, Armed Services, Communications/Press and Publicity, Community Coordination, Criminal Justice, Economic Development, Health, Religious Affairs, Labor and Industry, Life Membership/Membership, Education, Legal Redress, Housing, Finance, Freedom Funds, Political Action, Young Adult, Youth Work, WIN.

ACT-SO (Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics)


The Committee on ACT-SO shall follow these rules: (1) must be properly registered annually with the National Office and follow all directives outlined by the National ACT-SO Program; (2) understand that it is a major project of the NAACP. With ACT-SO, the NAACP is providing an instrument through which African-American youth are encouraged and inspired toward excellence in academic and cultural pursuits while benefiting from the maximum support of their communities; (3) uphold its goal of ACT-SO that affords the same respect for African-American Scholastic and cultural achievement that is given to heroes; and (4) recognizing that ACT-SO conducts annual academic competitions for students in grades nine (9) through twelve (12) in NAACP Branches throughout the country by the published guidelines of the National Office and oversight of the National Director of ACT-SO Program.

Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committee

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The Committee on Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs shall: (1) seek to establish a working relationship with those agencies in government, national, state and local, having the responsibility in the affairs of members of the various Armed Services and Veterans and to see that the programs to which they are responsible are administered fairly and justly to members of the minority community; (2) study conditions pertaining to veterans and members of the Military Service and their dependents and/or survivors in the community; (3) serve as a center of information on matters affecting the members of the Active Military, Reserves, State National Guard and Veterans; (4) maintain a repository of materials, information and forms to be used in assisting veterans and/or dependents of veterans and military personnel with their problems; (5) receive and act on all complaints relative to acts of discrimination on account of race, color, creed, or denial of benefits to which they are entitled
because of discrimination; (6) prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Unit and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs.

Communications Press and Publicity Committee

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The Committee on Communications, Press and
Publicity shall: (1) seek to promote media content consistent with fundamental NAACP goals which include the elimination of racial isolation and fear and the furtherance of multiracial and cultural understanding; (2) work to eliminate employment segregation and discrimination in those industries, [comprising the communications arts and sciences] (radio, telephone, television, motion pictures, newspapers, books, related computer communications, business, cable television); (3) seek to ensure Black minority ownership and control of print and electronic media – both hardware and software; (4) monitor local and national media, especially advertising
performance; (5) provide the National Office with research and data on those local businesses engaged in communications arts and sciences; (6) seek to ensure that all people have a P.O.BOX 11324 Columbia, S.C. 29211 803 256-8771
1615 PICKENS ST. COLUMBIA, SC 29201 meaningful right to choose from and have access to a variety of high quality telecommunications goods and services at reasonable cost; (7) endeavor to secure publicity for the work of the Unit and the Association in the local press and on radio, television and other media; (8) attempt to
interest persons in charge of local news media on conditions affecting minority groups; (9) seek to counteract derogatory and erroneous statements in local news media about Blacks and other minority groups; (10) be responsible for forwarding to THE CRISIS items covering Unit activity and important local affairs; and (11) act as far as possible as an agency for the promotion and sale of THE CRISIS. No publicity shall be released without first being approved by the President of the Unit.

Community Coordination Committee

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The Committee on Community Coordination shall enlist the support of other community organizations on issues affecting the interests of African Americans and other communities of color.

Criminal Justice Committee

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The Committee on Criminal Justice shall: (1) seek to eliminate harsh and unfair sentencing practices that are responsible for mass incarceration and racial disparities in the
prison system, (2) support and seek to increase trust and public safety by advancing effective law enforcement practices, (3) fight for the restoration for the voting rights of formerly incarcerated people and the removal of barriers to employment, (4) elevate the voices of crime victim survivors in order to identify and advance systemic breakdowns existing in the criminal justice system that perpetuate crime, (5) resolve to end the war on drugs for its disproportionate collateral consequences harm communities of color, (6) seek the institution and availability of alternatives to incarceration including education, employment, mental health services, (7) eliminate zero tolerance policies implemented in our schools which are keeping kids out of the classroom and putting them on a path from the schoolhouse to the jailhouse, (8) investigate programs implemented in our local law enforcement agencies which derail from their main purpose of safety and order to conduct the work of federal agencies for which they do not have the capacity, and (9) seek budget modifications in states where incarceration receives more funding than education.

Economic Development Committee

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The Committee on Economic Development shall implement local efforts and support national programs to preserve and expand economic empowerment among African Americans and other communities of color by (1) researching and establishing relationships with private and public entities; (2) supporting the work of the National Office in monitoring the progress and activity of private and public entities designated by national programs; and (3) implementing local efforts to promote the growth of business ownership; (4) increasing employment and job creation; and (5) encouraging business development and home
ownership.because of discrimination; (6) prepare a quarterly report on committee activities to be submitted to the Executive Committee of the Unit and the National Director of Armed Services and Veterans Affairs. 

Education Committee

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The Committee on Education shall: (1) seek to eliminate segregation and other discriminatory practices in public education; (2) study local educational conditions affecting minority groups; (3) investigate the public school system and school zoning; (4) familiarize itself
with textbook material there from which racially derogatory; (5) seek to stimulate school attendance; (6) keep informed of school conditions and strive to correct abuses where found; (7) investigate the effects of standardized and high stakes testing practices; (8) teacher certification; P.O.BOX 11324 Columbia, S.C. 29211 803 256-8771, 1615 PICKENS ST. COLUMBIA, SC 29201,; (9) promote parental involvement in education; and (10) aim to be a center of popular education on the race question and the work of the Association.

Finance Committee

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The Finance Committee shall consist of the President, Treasurer, and at least one
other member. It shall study the financial needs of the Unit and shall be responsible for drafting
an adequate annual budget.

Freedom Fund Committee

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The Freedom Fund Committee shall plan and conduct fund-raising activities, entertainment, and other projects, for local and national purposes within the scope of the Association’s program. It shall work closely with the Financial Committee.

Health Committee

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The Health Committee shall: (1) work to promote, protect, and maintain the health of
African Americans; (2) assess the health needs of the community; (3) advocate for equal access to health education, care, treatment, and research for all Americans; (4) sponsor health-related activities such as health forums, fairs and workshops highlighting issues of importance to people of color; and (5) support health initiatives of the Association.

Housing Committee

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The Committee on Housing shall: (1) study housing conditions in the local community; (2) receive and seek to address complaints of discrimination; (3) oppose all restrictive practices whether public or private; and (4) disseminate information and render such
other assistance which may eliminate discrimination in housing.

Labor and Industry Committee


The Labor and Industry Committee shall seek ways to improve the economic status of minority groups by (1) working to eliminate discriminatory employment practices in industry and government, wage differentials based on race, unequal opportunities for training, promotion, and unfair dismissals; (2) encouraging greater participation
in the trade union movement; (3) working to end discriminatory practices in labor unions; (4) securing the enactment of state and federal fair employment practices legislation; and (5)
working for improved opportunities in vocational and apprenticeship training.

Legal Redress Committee

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The Legal Redress Committee shall: (1) investigate all cases reported to it; (2) supervise all litigation in which the Unit is interested, and (3) keep the National Office and
the Branch informed on the progress of every case. It shall not give general legal advice.

Membership and Life Membership Committee

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The Membership Committee shall: (1) work throughout the year to maintain and increase the membership of the Association; (2) be responsible for planning and organizing the annual membership campaign; (3) be responsible on a continuous basis, for soliciting new members and for securing renewals; and (4) initiate all possible means
to obtain Life Members and sponsor a continuing program toward this end.

Political Action Committee

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The Political Action Committee shall: (1) seek to increase registration and voting; (2) work for the enactment of municipal, state, and federal legislation designed to improve the educational, political, and economic status of minority groups; (3) seek the repeal of
racially discriminatory legislation; (4) work to improve the administration of justice; (5) work to secure equal enforcement of the law; and (6) keep the National Office and the Unit informed of P.O.BOX 11324 Columbia, S.C. 29211 803 256-8771
1615 PICKENS ST. COLUMBIA, SC 29201 all proposed legislation which affects minority groups. The Committee shall be nonpartisan and shall not endorse candidates for public office.

Religious Affairs Committee

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The Religious Affairs Committee shall include ministerial and lay religious leaders who are members of the Unit. It shall: (1) promote an educational program designed to give moral and ethical interpretation to the civil rights struggle; (2) interpret the work of the Association to organized religious groups of all faiths; (3) enlist the support of such organized
religious groups for membership, fundraising, and the struggle for equality and full civil rights;
and (4) provide resource assistance for religious education and social action activities, associated with the improvement of race relations.

Young Adult Committee

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The Committee on Young Adults shall consist of Branch members twenty-one (21) – forty (40) years of age. It shall be the function of the Committee to (1) support all branch activities; (2) stimulate interest through advocacy training and solicit the membership of twenty-
one (21) – forty (40) years of age; (3) create a mentorship program (Branch to Youth Adults and Young Adults to Youth Units) to serve as a support bridge from Youth and College to Branch participation; (4) provide networking and social opportunities for young adults in the local community; and (5) encourage the participation of young adults in all activities and leadership within the Branch.

Youth Work Committee

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The Committee on Youth Works for the Branch shall consist of the Youth Unit Advisor, and Youth Unit President in the same community and five (5) persons appointed by the Branch President. The Youth Unit Advisor and the Youth Unit President shall choose the chair of the Committee. The Youth Work Committee
shall develop and coordinate the programs of the Branch (es) and Youth Units.

The Branch Committee on Youth Work shall turn the names, addresses, and membership dues of youth solicited by the Branch over to the appropriate National Office-recognized youth group, if any, in their community. The Youth Work Committee shall monitor the youth membership in the Branch. If there is no local youth unit recognized by the National Office, the Committee shall recommend the Branch apply to the National Office for a Youth Charter and organize the appropriate youth group.

Women in the NAACP Committee

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The Columbia Branch WIN committee shall consist of a Chairperson and/or Co-Chairperson and at least three (3) other members. WIN shall address within the framework of the NAACP civil rights issues affecting women and children and shall carry out other civil and cultural activities to enhance membership and provide financial support to the Branch. The purpose of WIN is: (1) to enhance the leadership role of women; (2) to serve as an advocacy vehicle to address the social, economic, political, educational, health, and welfare issues affecting women; P.O.BOX 11324 Columbia, S.C. 29211 803 256-8771
1615 PICKENS ST. COLUMBIA, SC 29201,; (3) to advocate for the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual development of children and (4) to support the policies as well as the on-going mission and vision of the NAACP.

Environmental and Climate Justice Committee

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The Environmental and Climate Justice
Committee shall: (1) seek to address environmental inequities at the local level and
advocate for civil rights issues (2) develop a comprehensive and holistic agenda to reduce pollution (3) advance energy efficiency and clean energy (4) build disaster resilient infrastructure policies and practices.



Physical Address: 1615 Pickens St., Columbia, SC 29201

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11324, Columbia, SC 29201

Telephone: 803-256-8771


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