The revolution will be presented in doll form. American Girl, a brand that creates products, like dolls, and experiences, like fashion shows, to encourage young girls in wholesome and fun play. The company has released two African-American dolls: including Addy, a young girl in 1864 who escapes slavery and promotes freedom as well as Cecil, a 19th-century girl living in New Orleans and was discontinued in 2014.
During Black History Month, the diverse company released Melody: an African-American girl living during the Civil Rights Era. We have a Civil Rights doll! There has been endless amounts of #BlackGirlMagic occurring this month.
Images of blackness in multiple forms are so important for young children in identifying themselves in others as well as seeing opportunities for what their future can look like. We see the impact on young black children that Obama creates. Not only is it important for children to have toys that look like themselves as to promote self-esteem and self-love; but also meaningful toys that can create dialogue in the home.
The doll will be released in Spring, bringing lots of opportunities for parents to have powerful conversations with their children about courage, freedom, and the rights of African-Americans.