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American Girl Unveils Civil Rights Doll Named Melody

Melody is American Girl's third African-American doll.

American Girl has a new doll and she's making history. Meet Melody. She's from the civil rights era and is the company's third African-American doll. 

According to Buzzfeedthe adorable Melody Ellison is a 9-year-old living in Detroit in the 1960s. She loves to sing and she loves Motown music. Civil rights activist Julian Bond was reportedly consulted for Melody’s story. 

“I think the doll industry has a very heavy responsibility in reflecting what is true about our society,” Julia Prohaska, senior director of global brand at American Girl, told CBS This MorningAmerican Girl has delighted young girls since 1986 with dolls and accompanying books, set in different historical periods. CBS shares that the company has sold more than 29 million dolls and more than 153 million books.

Melody, the first civil rights-era doll, will be available this summer.



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