Baltimore City politicos should be delighted that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will keep its headquarters in the city instead of moving to Washington, D. C. The 80-plus employees of the 101 year old organization are most likely just as happy about not having to relocate or make the extended morning commute to the nation’s capitol.
Locations in the District of Columbia and at the National Harbor complex in Prince George’s County have been mentioned as possible new homes for the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. The headquarters on Baltimore’s Mount Hope Drive has been the home of the NAACP since 1986. According to the Baltimore Sun,
As for last week’s good news, kudos is due the Baltimore Development Corporation, which had worked with the NAACP to keep the headquarters here. We agree with BDC’s Phil Croskey that this is a win for a city that has seen too many major institutions pull up stakes in recent years.
The newspaper also reports that the current headquarters will undergo renovation.