Meet American Girl’s New Historic Doll From The Civil Rights Era


In honor of Black History Month, American Girl simply debuted their new historic doll, Melody Ellison, an African-American character who grew up in Detroit during the civil right movement.

The company announced on CBS This Morning that it will release the Melody doll as part of its BeForever collectthis upcoming summertime, in celebration of the company’s 30 th anniversary.

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Melody Ellison doll.

Mark Speltz, a senior historian who helped developed Melody’s story, told CBS that Melody represents the “ordinary Americans” who helped drive the civil right movement.

“When we learn about the civil right movement, we learn about a handful of really important people, ” Speltz told. “But the movement was … driven by average, ordinary Americans, like Melody.”

In an American Girl articleintroducing Melody, the company shares its motive behind developing Melody’s character and books including No Ordinary Sound , written by writer Denise Lewis Patrick:

“Because February is Black History Month, your daughter may be learning about Martin Luther King, Jr ., and the Civil Right movement in school. But even in our own changing periods, civil rights issues and the social climate of the 1960 s may be difficult for her to fully understand. That is why we are so proud to introduce our compelling new BeForever( tm) character, Melody, whose story reflects the changing face and history of the nation during that important era.”

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Melody Ellison doll.

Melody’s character, the company’s third black doll, is a 9-year-old girl in Detroit in the mid-‘6 0s who loves to sing, being carried out in church, and who is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to spread awareness on racial inequality, the site nations.

American Girl established an advisory board to help create Melody’s character that included the late civil right activist leader, Julian Bond.

Cheers to the direction of creating dolls that represent all kinds of people, and that teach important lessons on history at the same period!

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