Coalition Against Racism Conference
At a three-day conference
held at Boston University in February 1975, the National Student Coalition
against Racism (NSCAR) was founded. NSCAR’s mission was to unite
everyone, regardless of race or sex, to fight the struggle against racism.
Later that same year, from October 10-12, the organization held its
second national conference at Northeastern.
The conference was endorsed
by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),
the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and the People
United to Save Humanity (PUSH). Approximately 1200 students and civil
rights activists attended the event whose theme was the 1954 Brown vs.
Board of Education of Topeka Kansas decision, which stated that “separate
but equal education was inherently unequal.”
NSCAR was not required to
pay rental fees for the conference because its focus fit into Northeastern’s
role in Phase II of Boston public school desegregation in which 21 Boston
area colleges and universities were each paired with a specific school
to assist in educational development. Northeastern was paired with Madison
Park High School in District 7.
Also in 1975, NSCAR held
a national march in Boston to continue the fight for desegregation of
the city’s schools and end the racist attacks against school children.
NSCAR also worked closely with the woman’s movement, struggled
to free political prisoners, and fought against apartheid in South Africa.