The NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, is moving its national headquarters from Baltimore to Washington D.C.
The NAACP has signed a letter of intent to move into the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, 2000 14th Street N.W., said Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Washington’s deputy manager for planning and economic development plans to develop the Reeves Center into a mixed use building with offices, affordable housing and access to public transportation. The center opened in 1986 but today it is little used.
“It’s important for the NAACP to be in Washington,” said Derrick Johnson, the organization’s president and CEO.
“Washington D.C. sits at the epicenter of change,” Johnson said. “This exceptional opportunity to bring our national headquarters to DC will allow us to be even more proactive serving the Black community, and confronting the serious challenges facing the nation.”
The NAACP moved its headquarters to Baltimore from New York in1986.
Frank D. Reeves, for whom the Frank D. Reeves Center is named, was a both a lawyer and civil right activist. He was part of the team who shaped that shaped the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision, “Brown vs the Board of Education of Topeka” on May 17, 1954.