MASC History

MASC History
MASC History


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.


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. Nancy Brown was VP of AMEA, and Levonne Gaddy helped with testimony to Washington.


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


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.  Notable presenters and keynotes included: Ramona Douglass, Maria P. P. Root, Paul Spickard, Reginald Daniel, Loretta Winters, Herman DeBose, and Shirlee Taylor Haizlip.

MASC Activities included: monthly educational meetings with guest speakers on topics such as multiracial parenting, interracial marriage, transracial adoption, multiracial identity, 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.


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 mark one ore more on government forms that ask for racial/ethnic information. This landmark decision ended the “one drop rule.” The ruling affects all government agencies including the census, and any other agency receiving federal money.


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


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


MASC creates the Teen Mentorship Program (TMP) and Elementary Parent Project (EPP).  MASC presents EPP at Antioch University.


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.


MASC creates the first Multiracial Studies 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 Los Angeles Unified School District 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.  Program was expanded to create an elementary school curriculum with the creation of the BEING ALL OF ME parent/teacher guide.


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.


MASC joins forces with Mixed Marrow to become a program of MASC and help raise funds to specifically target the multiracial community.


MASC creates the Color Conversation parent education seminar series.


MASC participates as co-sponsor of the first annual Mixed Heritage Day with the Los Angeles Dodgers.


MASC continues to offer multiple events for the enrichment of the multiracial community: children’s playgroup, museum visits, participation in conferences such as Critical Mixed Race Studies, public speaking engagements, media appearances, policy advocacy, and more.