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American Girl Doll Introduces ‘Melody’, A 9-Year Old Black Girl Living In 1963 Detroit

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American Girl Doll has done it again with their latest edition of their “BeForever” collection. Introducing Melody Ellison, a 9-year old black girl, who is living in 1963, an obviously troubled time for folks of color, especially women.

But Melody isn’t your ordinary American Girl Doll. In fact, she’s being used to teach young girls all over the world about what life was like in 1960s Detroit and the issues and struggles black women faced. According to an announcement released on Thursday by American Girl, Melody is a “civil rights believer, chorus leader, and daughter of Detroit.”

To make sure that Melody’s look and backstory were accurate of 1960s Detroit, the American Girl company called on a six-member advisory board that included the late civil rights activist Julian Bond to, “review and provide input on all aspects of Melody’s development.”

When we look back on the “BeYourself” collection in a handful of years, it’ll be clear how vital Melody will be. Visit the American Girl website to shop everything Melody.

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