Association of MultiEthnic Americans

Levonne Gaddy

Levonne Gaddy was elected president of AMEA in September 1999. Her work with the multiracial community prior to her election spanned fifteen plus years and included cofounding two multiracial organizations - M.A.S.C. (Multiracial Americans of Southern California) and M.O.S.A.I.C. (Multiethnics of Southern Arizona in Celebration). She is also serving as a member of the U.S. Commerce Secretary's 2000 Census Advisory Committee (see http://www.census.gov/dmd/www/2KMEMDEC99.txt for other members) as a representative for the multiracial community regarding the racial classification issue. On January 29, 1999, Levonne gave written and oral testimony before the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight of the U.S. House of Representatives in Phoenix, Arizona.

In the role of Social Photo Documentarian, Levonne has co-created a photo documentary exhibition containing seventeen (17) black and white photographs of multiracial and multiethnic individuals, couples and families along with accompanying text. (See photos from exhibition below.) The exhibition was designed to promote positive images of the multiracial and multiethnic population and to educate about the change in racial self identification, especially as it relates to multiracial individuals on Census 2000 and the ability to check more than one box for the first time in U.S. history. The exhibition began its tour in October 1998 at the University of Arizona (in Tucson) Rotunda Gallery.

In addition to her work as an activist for the multiracial community, Levonne has worked as a Social Worker since earning her Masters of Social Work degree from U.C.L.A in 1983. She has worked in the areas of Child and Family Welfare, Adult Psychiatry and Addictions. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University School of Social Work.

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The Craig Family
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The Ponder-Gilby Family
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Robyn and Brooke
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Jazmine