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Meet American Girl's Newest Doll From the Civil Rights Era

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Melody Ellison is a 9 year old from Detroit who loves Motown music and enjoys singing. Dressed in a houndstooth print dress and blue bumper hat, you can suspect she was pulled straight from the 1960s.

And she is.

Melody is the newest addition to the collection of American Girls and is now the company's third African-American doll. She is living during one of the most pivotal moments in American history — the era of the Civil Rights movement.

Melody joins three other non-white dolls: Addy, Kaya, and Josefina in the current "BeForever" line of American Girl dolls.

Many critics point to the lack of representation for women of color in historical dolls, a similar issue faced by Mattel's Barbie which led to a dramatic design change in the company's new lineup of dolls.

Since 1986, American Girl touts they've sold more than 27 million dolls. But author Brit Bennett notes for 17 years, Addy, a runaway slave, was the only black historical doll and she was the only non-white doll until 1998.

To create Melody's story, American Girl reportedly spoke to civil rights activist Julian Bond.

Hopefully this new American Girl doll will continue efforts to more accurately reflect America's girls.

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