Kivie Kaplan (1904 – 1975)

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Kivie Kaplan (April 1, 1904 – May 5, 1975)

Kivie Kaplan (April 1, 1904 – May 5, 1975)

Kivie Kaplan (1904–1975), a Boston businessman and philanthropist of
Lithuanian-Jewish descent, joined the NAACP in 1932 and was elected to the
National Board in 1954. As Chairman of the Life Membership Committee he
increased life memberships from 221 in 1953 to 53,000 in 1975. In 1966 he was
elected to succeed Arthur Spingarn as NAACP president. Kaplan visited Abraham
Lincoln’s tomb with a NAACP delegation in 1969 to mark the NAACP’s 60th
anniversary. He expressed his personal admiration for Lincoln by constructing a
study hall at Brandeis University in memoriam, the Emily R. and Kivie Kaplan
Lincoln Hall.

Kivie Kaplan with Martin Luther King Jr.

Kivie Kaplan with Martin Luther King Jr.