American Girl Doll introduces Melody Ellison from the civil rights era

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American Girl Doll has unveiled their newest doll, a girl who embodies “changing face and history of the nation” during the civil rights movement.

Melody Ellison is a nine-year-old girl in Detroit in the early 1960s, in a story titled “No Ordinary Sound” by Denise Lewis Patrick.

In the story, she deals with racial inequality, learns about the civil rights movement, is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and gets involved with the Motown music scene.

Melody joins Addy Walker as the only two of the company’s “BeForever” dolls. The company also offers “Truly Me” dolls with a variety of skin tones, hairstyles and eye colors.