Students said they were interested in joining because they wanted to encourage their peers to work hard in the classroom and because they wanted to learn more about the group’s history.
“I think if the kids and people in my neighborhood knew how important we are and what we actually bring to the table, they would take things more seriously,” said Jason Slaughter, an 18-year-old senior.
“I want to learn about how my ancestors were able to survive those times and progress,” said Lamar Maye, a 16-year-old junior.
Foward said he wants to create more chapters at other high schools in the area.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which was founded in 1909, has more than 700 chapters in its youth council, according to the organization’s website.