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A BRIEF HISTORY OF MASC

1986: MASC co- founded by Nancy G. Brown, a partner in an interracial marriage, and Levonne Gaddy, a multiracial adult. Major goals were to celebrate interracial families, couples, and individuals, push for the ability to claim full heritage, eradicate stereotypes, and begin community dialogue. Nancy was president for seven years. There have been six other presidents since then: Eamon Beuhning, Roberta Brown, Faye Mandell, Thomas Lopez, Jennifer Noble and our current president Farzana Nayani.

1989: MASC was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Non Profit organization in the state of California

First edition of Spectrum, MASC’s newsletter published

1987-1997: Began hosting KALEIDOSCOPE, MASC’s annual national conference, which took place during October (diversity month) for nine years. This became a springboard for up and coming researchers, educators, and activists in the new multiracial community to speak and be heard. Many of these individuals have gone on to be university professors, authors, and mentors for many in the community

MASC Activities included: monthly educational meetings with guest speakers on topics such as multiracial parenting, interracial marriage, transracial adoption, multiracial individuals, dealing with school systems and forms; a multiracial adult support group with  book club and movie reviews; a social adult group; a children’s playgroup; and an annual holiday party and summer picnic.

MEDIA: MASC has been a sought after resource for TIME, NEWSWEEK, LADIES HOME JOURNAL, The Michael Jackson show, The Liza Gibbons Show, Michael Donahue show, CBS News, and numerous other magazines and national newspapers.

This continues today.

1988: Founding meeting of AMEA (Association of MultiEthnic Americans) with MASC and 13 other multiracial organizations across the nation in Berkeley, CA. Goals were to harness the collective efforts the state organizations were making in the areas of gaining an inclusive ethnic identifier for the multiracial population for the next census, through many meetings and lobbying efforts to the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC. Carlos Fernandez of I-Pride, Ramona Douglass of AMEA and Susan Graham of Project Race played major roles. Nancy Brown was VP of AMEA, and Levonne Gaddy helped with testimony to Washington.

1996: MASC participated in the first Multiracial Solidarity March and Bone Marrow Drive with AMEA in Washington, DC

MASC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and Fundraiser: showing of the film ‘Mr and Mrs. Loving’  at Sheraton Hotel in LA.

1997-10th Annual Kaleidoscope Conference and Multiracial Teen Summit: Under the presidency of Faye Mandell, this conference included a teen panel. Also present were Ramona Douglass, Maria P. P. Root, PhD, Paul Spickard, Loretta Winters, and Herman DeBose, all writers/editors of groundbreaking books on the multiracial experience, including authors from within the multiracial community.

VICTORY for the MULTIRACIAL COMMUNITY: The Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC issued a new, revised STATISTICAL DIRECTIVE 15 on October 30, 1997 adopting the recommendations of the Interagency Committee to allow multiple check-offs on government forms that ask for racial/ethnic information. This landmark decision ends the “one drop rule.” The ruling affects all government agencies including the census, and any other agency receiving federal money.

1998: Kaleidoscope Film Festival in Los Angeles under leadership of Thomas Lopez.

2000: MASC hosts AMEA’s Annual Meeting in Los Angeles comprised of representation from all the statewide organizations, including Canada.

MASC creates first website: www.multiculti.org

MASC works locally to educate the public on the census changes, partners with other diversity minded organizations.

2001: MASC holds organizational, professionally facilitated retreat in Arizona under leadership of Levonne Gaddy

MASC becomes a member of the Media Image Coalition in Los Angeles and collaborates with the LA Commission on Human Relations

2002: MASC attends and presents at AMEA’s First National Conference on the Multiracial Child. MASC co-founder Nancy Brown is now president of AMEA.

2003-Present: MASC re-organizes and re-vitalizes board, by holding board meetings, interviewing potential board members, and assessing the interests and needs of the multiracial community.

2004/2005: MASC celebrates LOVING DAY, the annual commemoration of the Virginia v. Loving Supreme Court Decisionwith AMEA in 2004 and with a beach BBQ in 2005.

2006: MASC  receives funding from a foundation for the TEEN MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. MASC also creates the ELEMENTARY PARENTING PROJECT.

2007: MASC presents The Elementary Parent Project for the public at Antioch University

2008 MASC launches PLAY Group (Parenting, Learning, and Youth). PLAY group provides social and education activities with the purposes of supporting parents in interracial families, and providing a community for multiracial children to interact multiracial peers and observe the diversity of multiracial families.2009 MASC celebrates its 20th Anniversary of incorporation as a non-profit organization. MASC is one of the longest-standing organizations in the nation serving the multiracial community. MASC recognized the contributions of Soledad O’Brien, Hines Ward, Barack Obama, the Japanese American National Museum, and others for their roles in bringing visibility to and advancing goals of the multiracial community.

2010 MASC presents “Rx For the FDA: A Dangerous Prescription” at the 2010 Critical Mixed Race Studies conference at DePaul University. Industry experts, scholars, and activists presented on the current state of healthcare, including marketing of drugs based on racial predisposition of disease and treatment of multiracial people in medicine.
2011 – 2013 MASC receives foundation funding to create a Multiracial Studies course, the first high school course on multiracial history and identity in the nation. The course was first administered during the Spring semester of 2012 at the Los Angeles School of Global Studies, a public high school in downtown Los Angeles, and was again offered in the Fall semester of 2013. Course objectives include learning about the concepts of race and culture and how these have changed over time, and exploring racial identity and the history of the multiracial community.
2012 MASC presents “Race in Medicine: A Dangerous Prescription” a reprise of “Rx For the FDA” in partnership with the Mixed Student Union of UCLA.
2012 MASC launches the Latinas & Latinos of Mixed Ancestry (LOMA) Program with the purpose of providing a space for the expression of mixed Latina/o identity, providing culturally relevant information to the mixed Latino community, and raising awareness of this community to society at large.
2013 MASC joins forces with Mixed Marrow to become a program of MASC and help raise funds to specifically target the multiracial community.
2013 MASC partners with artists and other organizations to host events aimed at supporting and raising awareness of the multiracial and transracially adopted communities, including Mixed Roots Adoptee Day with the LA Dodgers, Loving Day Celebration, Alien Citizen play and One Drop of Love play.

2014

  • First parenting seminar “The Color Conversation”
  • Participated in the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference (DePaul University, Chicago, IL)
  • Sponsoring the Mixed Student Union UCLA conference
  • Sponsoring the Latinas and Latinos of Mixed Ancestry (LOMA) writers, poets, and artists panel at Mixed Remixed Festival
  • Two summer beach picnics
  • Mixed Space blog launch
  • Playgroup meetups at Skirball Center’s Noah’s Ark exhibit, Long Beach Museum of the Pacific, Irvine Global Village Festival, Trick or Treat at Pretend City and more!
  • Adult social hour at Ebanos crossing

2015

  • January: Screening and discussion of movie “Black or White”
  • February: Pasadena Playhouse talkback session after “The Whipping Man”
  • March: Color Conversation parenting seminar “Straight Talk on the Race Talk”
  • April: Presentation at UCLA student conference “Your Future in the Mixed Race Movement”
  • May: Visit to Noah’s Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center
  • Appearance on the “100% Mixed Show”
  • June: Color Conversation “Healthy Identity Happy Kids” with teen breakout session
    Attendance and info table at Mixed Remixed festival
    Members featured in LA Parent magazine
  • July: Identity development workshop at Independent School Alliance orientation
    Board retreat, vision, mission, and strategic planning.
  • August: Summer beach picnic
  • September: Launched The Multiracial Advocate
  • October: presented at Across Colors Diversity Conference with the Independent School Alliance
  • November: presented Color Conversation Interfaith Family Seminar at the Student Multifaith Leadership Conference and School of Dramatic Arts Diversity and Inclusion Summit at USC (see below).