Association of MultiEthnic Americans
Association of MultiEthnic Americans AMEA's History
1978-79  

Interracial Intercultural Pride (I-Pride) founded, oldest existing multiracial group in the US, locally-based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1979-80

Berkeley Public Schools adopt a new classification on school census forms "Interracial", first such classification in modern US history due to the efforts of I-Pride.

1980-81

California state education officials restrict the use of the Berkeley Public Schools "Interracial" classification to internal district uses only, citing federal reporting requirements which do not permit such a classification.

1980

Biracial Family Network (BFN) of Chicago founded.

1982

Interracial Family Alliance (IFA) of Houston founded.

1984

Interracial Family Circle (IFC) of Washington DC founded.

April, 1986

Carlos Fernandez of I-Pride and John Brown of the Interracial Family Alliance (IFA) of Atlanta GA discuss forming an organizing committee for a nationwide multiracial/ethnic group based on existing local groups.

July 4, 1986

Organizing Committee for a National Association of MultiEthnic Americans formed.

1987

Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) of Los Angeles CA founded.

November 12, 1988

Members of the Organizing Committee convene in Berkeley, California and found the Association of MultiEthnic Americans. Carlos Fernandez elected president, Ramona Douglass of BFN elected as vice president.

September, 1989

AMEA writes the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing the census, Congressman Thomas Sawyer (D-Ohio).

June, 1992

AMEA and its affiliate Interracial Family Circle (IFC) of Washington DC co-host the Loving Conference June 13, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the US Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia (June 12, 1967) overturning all remaining laws against intermarriage. While in Washington, Carlos Fernandez and Ramona Douglass meet with Terri Ann Lowenthal, aide to Congressman Thomas Sawyer, as well as with representatives of the Census Bureau.

1993

AMEA is invited by Congressman Sawyer to present testimony for the first time on the multiracial classification issue to the House Subcommittee on Census, Statistics and Postal Personnel he chairs. President Carlos Fernandez presents the testimony on June 30, 1993, assisted by Edwin Darden, Eastern Regional Vice President.

1994

Carlos Fernandez steps down as president. Ramona Douglass is elected president of AMEA.

1995

AMEA attends 50th Anniversary commemoration of the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco CA, presents written statement.

December, 1995

AMEA appointed to the Census 2000 Advisory Committee by the late Secretary of Commerce, Ron Brown; Ramona Douglass is chosen to represent AMEA.

1996

AMEA members were contributing authors to Maria P.P. Root's anthology The Multiracial Experience: Racial Borders as the New Frontier, Sage Publications. This book was adopted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census as part of their resources used to determine what revisions (if any) should be made to the Race Question.

1997

AMEA again presents testimony to a House subcommittee; in May, by Ramona Douglass; in July, by Carlos Fernandez.

January, 1999

AMEA presents testimony to US House Subcommittee by Levonne Gaddy

1999

Ramona Douglass steps down as president. Levonne Gaddy elected as president of AMEA.

May, 2000

AMEA is awarded $40,000 by the K & F Baxter Family Foundation for the purpose of making AMEA a permanent national presence.

Feb 2001

AMEA awarded $110,000 by K & F Baxter Family Foundation to plan and execute a National Conference on the Multiracial Child.

May 2001

Nancy G. Brown, AMEA Vice President is appointed interim President, Levonne Gaddy steps down.

July 2001

Nancy G. Brown officially elected President of AMEA at working board retreat in Los Angeles, CA.

October 2002

AMEA's first National Conference on the Multiracial Child held in Tucson, AZ.

May-2003

Concept of a National Resource Center formalized at AMEA Board rereat as a collaborative venture with MAVIN Foundation. Decision made to move AMEA headquarters from Tuscon, AZ to Los Angeles, CA.