The East St. Louis Branch of the NAACP was organized in 1924 in the wake of a period of intense racial unrest. By 1920, the city had survived three major disasters: 1) the devastating tornado of 1896; 2) the great flood of 1903 that left the majority of the citizens homeless; and 3) the race riot of 191, considered the worst in United State's history.
This last disaster, more than any other single act, generated a need for an advocacy agency for civil rights for Blacks in all areas of life--employment, education, housing, government, etc.
Today, over 90 years later, the East St. Louis Branch of the NAACP is working with the community and leaders to remain a voice of civil rights for Blacks in all areas of life. Our members are intrenched in the community in the educational system, housing, and government. We are working to create more job opportunities for residents in East St. Louis by working with local business owners and entering into the technological world of entrepreneurship.