A.D. Powell

A.D. Powell was designated an “unsung heroine” of American history in a declaration by the Governor of Arkansas dated August 24, 2005. A.D. Powell authored the composition “Passing” For Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness. The book serves as a vital study of racial identity within American history. As an influential spokesperson, A.D. Powell represents the movement to abolish government sponsorship of the “race” notion. She also believes that the “one-drop rule” (assigning people to the “lower” classification of race of their multiracial parents) ignores science, crushes tolerance, and mocks the American Dream. The author’s collection of essays on multiracialism initially appeared in Interracial Voice magazine. As an essayist with reflective views, A.D. Powell currently maintains a blog, “Open Salon,” where she writes about her ideas on racialism in history as well as in current events. On the website TheStudyofRacialism.org, Powell interrelates with her readers and reflects on her newest publication. As a writer and historian, she has also made several defining speech presentations at various venues including the Melungeon Heritage Association Union Gatherings in both 2004 and 2006 in Kingsport, Tennessee. According to Aspasia’s Reviews (January 20, 2009), A.D. Powell’s composition, “Passing” For Who You Really Are: Essays in Support of Multiracial Whiteness, is a book for anyone interested in learning more about the history of mixed-race individuals in America.