In 1993, Dr. Maria P. P. Root wrote this ground-breaking Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage.
I remember reading it for the first time that year and thought–there is no way that people will allow this.
Some 10 or 15 years later, I finally started to feel comfortable in my own skin and complication and realized that people couldn’t give me rights I had to declare them.
We have done a very poor job of telling the history of the mixed race and multiracial experience generally. So we have included this here so people don’t forget that we really are making some progress by even being able to name ourselves and gather in community on the internet and once a year at the Mixed Remixed Festival. We’ll be sharing some of these rights with you as periodic reminders for you to claim all of your complicated heritage.-Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder