In order to add a personal component to the response to racism, this year's Convention included consciousness-raising groups, which, however, proved controversial: some women disputed their composition; some felt they were too elementary; some welcomed them as a way of dealing in small groups with the Convention as a whole—including, but not limited to, the issue of racism.
The Northeast region assumed the responsibility for organizing the CR groups for the Convention. CR facilitators and the structure of the groups came out of the Northeast regional conference held earlier in the spring. At that time, women of color from the Boston area who were involved in CR decided that groups for the National Convention should be segregated. They believed that white women must work through their racism; women of color should not have to bear that burden and responsibility.