American Girl has added a new Black Doll to it’s line-up! My mother, is a fan and owner of Addie. Well, now, meet Melody Ellison! She’s a young black DIVA! She’s a songstress from Detroit!
Released last week, the Melody Ellison American Girl Doll was created in the likeness of a 9-year-old Black girl growing up in Detroit during the Civil Rights and Motown era. Charles H. Right Museum of African-American History President Juanita Moore pointed out several reasons why the Motor City was the perfect choice as the hometown for American Girl’s newest little lady.
According to the Detroit Free Press:
“Detroit was progressive in that it had one of the nation’s largest NAACP branches and it had the most black-owned businesses in the country along with a growing black middle class, but ‘there were still these significant issues around race and discrimination, even in Detroit, with all of that progressiveness that was happening here,’” Moore said.