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Black Community Services Center

In 1968, four days after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stanford University cancelled classes and sponsored a university-wide convocation entitled "Colloquium and Plan for Action: Stanford's Response to White Racism". During comments from the provost, approximately 70 Black students from the Black Student Union stood up and walked on stage and took the microphone. Once on the microphone, they issued 10 demands to the university concerning its responsibility to its Black students and other minorities. As a result, in 1969 the Black Student Volunteer Center was established with a focus on community service and outreach programs to East Palo Alto, a predominately Black community near the university.

In 1972, the center changed its name to the Black Activities Center (BAC) and continued to serve as a hub of community service and political activity. During the early seventies, several Black Voluntary Student Organizations (BVSOs) were created to meet the needs of the ever-changing Black population. Many of these new organizations focused on pre-professional advising and interests, such as law, business, medicine and engineering. With this growth, the BAC professional staff broadened the center's scope to include student organizational development and leadership training. In 1979, the Black Activities Center was renamed the Black Community Services Center (BCSC).