Southern Burlington County NAACP was chartered May 9, 1966 in Cinnaminson, NJ. Under President Roosevelt Nesmith’s leadership, the branch became very active in advocating for civil rights for all Americans, which set the stage for the branch taking the lead in the 1975 landmark civil rights case, Southern Burlington County N.A.A.C.P. v. Mount Laurel Township (commonly called Mount Laurel I). In this case, the Southern Burlington County NAACP challenged the zoning ordinance of Mount Laurel Township, on the grounds that it operated to exclude low and moderate income persons from obtaining housing in the municipality.
Southern Burlington County’s advocacy for low and moderate income families has established a legacy for this historic branch.