National Student 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.