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Black Community Services Center

418 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305
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Black Community Services Center

The Black Community Services Center (BCSC), affectionately called "The Black House" was established as a result of student activism; the community named this historic and pivotal action, "Take Back the Mic." In 1968, after the assassination of Dr. King, Stanford held a symposium on White Racism in America, featuring a panel of White men. During this symposium, 70 members of the Black Student Union (BSU) along with local community members walked on stage, “took the mic” and issued 10 demands, 9 of which were agreed to. These demands and their organizing led to a significant amount of change on campus including the establishment of the first community center ― the Black Community Services Center in 1969 and eventually the rest of the community centers, now known collectively as the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership. Additionally, "Take Back the Mic" brought about the establishment of The Program in African & African American Studies (AAAS)

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