The collection consists of adminstrative records, newsletters, audio-visual recordings, and ephemera relating to the activities
of the iPride (Interracial Intercultural Pride) organization to support interracial and multiethnic families in California.
The concept of race is a mechanism of identity and inevitably social stratification, especially in American social constructs,
which is ever evolving and in the last several decades has a grown an institutional awareness of the multiplicity in race
identification. With this mind, iPride, originally known as Interracial and Intercultural Pride, was founded in 1979 by a
group of multiracial families in Berkeley who were concerned because the school system didn’t allow their children to claim
their mixed-race identity on forms or in classroom projects. By creating iPride parents came together and pressured Berkeley
public schools to rethink their racial classification system. New charges developed and iPride has evolved to be a nonprofit
organization running operations throughout California and has become known as a group “to cultivate positive identity formation
in children who are of more than one racial or ethnic heritage and/or who have been transracially adopted.” The organization
offers support to individuals and families who may have been victims of discrimination and works to normalize interrelationships
within the community. iPride is one of many interracial support groups that have sprung up that provide a forum for people
to meet, share resources, and organize. In addition, iPride is the founding chapter of the Association of MultiEthnic Americans
(AMEA), an international collaboration of community organizations with dedication to advocacy and education on behalf of the
mixed-race community. The current operations offer summer camps and play dates for mixed-heritage youth.
Angela Geiser. “iPride,” Bay Area Parent, last modified 2016, http://www.bayareaparent.com/Article/iPride/
8.7 linear feet
(16 document boxes; 1 oversize box)
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