Seeing Change: From the Census to the White House
During the late ‘80’s a small group of people gathered in Southern California to make the world a better place for themselves and their children. Twenty years later and we now have a multiracial national census, a Louisiana judge forced to retire for not marrying an interracial couple, and a multiracial president in the White House. We found this a cause to celebrate, so on December 5th, 2009, MASC celebrated its twentieth year of incorporation with the theme “Seeing Change: From the Census to the White House!”
A dinner and awards ceremony was held at Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Grove in Los Angeles. Friends of MASC were gathered from across the country to join the celebration. Some of those in attendance were MASC members that have been with us for most of our history. Others were new to their association with MASC including students from USC’s Hapa SC club and their award winning program Project Remix.
The evening began with a cocktail social hour with music. An Italian dinner was provided “family style” which was much in accordance with MASC’s operating history. MASC’s president at the time, Jennifer Noble, provided emcee talent with the support of the other board members presenting awards. The keynote was presented by the ever capable and uniquely inspiring Reginald Daniel, PhD that has been with MASC from our earliest days.
A short video followed highlighting the changes we have seen in society and featuring our many appearances in the media. Awards were presented to:
- Community Building Award to the Japanese American National Museum, accepted by President Akemi Kikumura Yano, PhD
- National Awareness Award to Ken Tanabe and Loving Day
- Children’s Literature Award to Kim Wayans and Kevin Knotts for Amy Hodepodge books
- Journalism Award to Soledad O’Brien, video acceptance provided
- Community Icon Award to Halle Berry
- International Awareness Award to Hines Ward, written acceptance provided
- Multiracial Presidential Award presented to Barack Obama, written recognition by the President for MASC’s Parent Playgroup activities provided
- Lifetime Achievement Award to Ramona Douglass (deceased), accepted by brother Craig Douglass
- Pioneer in Leadership Award to Nancy Brown, co-founder MASC
At the end of the evening, raffle prizes were given out that were donated from local merchants and friendly businesses. MASC is extremely grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors that made the evening possible. We were reminded of the words of Margaret Mead that said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
We look forward to having even more to celebrate in another twenty years.
If you couldn’t make the dinner, here’s how you can still support us:
Donate to MASC! You will receive record of your tax-deductible donation, and you will be supporting a good cause. Please share information about our event with your colleagues, friends, and family. We thank you for your support.
MASC thanks the following Sponsors for their generous contributions to our 20th Anniversary Celebration:
TrueSeven Creative Group