The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was started on February 12, 1909, partly in response to the prevalence of lynching of African-Americans in America and the 1908 race riot that occurred in Springfield, Illinois. The Charleston Branch of the NAACP was founded in February 1917 by Edwin Harleston. The branch was established to advocate for the rights of African Americans in South Carolina and Charleston. The Charleston NAACP serves as a space for African-Americans to make complaints against discriminatory practices; and to challenge social and economic inequalities. In addition, they spearheaded voter registration and education campaigns.
The Charleston Branch of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) collection contains documents, manuscripts, periodicals, and pamphlets regarding branch and committee correspondence, financial records, materials relating to events and programs sponsored by the Association, branch newsletters, advertising flyers, and other outreach material.