American Girl will introduce a Civil Rights-era doll this summer, an African-American doll named Melody Ellison, the company announced Tuesday.
The 18-inch Melody will be part of the BeForever line of dolls and books, which “connect girls ages 8 and up with inspiring characters and timeless, compelling stories,” according to the company website.
The Melody doll and her first paperback story, called “No Ordinary Sound,” will retail for $115.
American Girl describes Melody this way:
“Because February is Black History Month, your daughter may be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights movement in school. But even in our own changing times, Civil Rights issues and the social climate of the 1960s may be difficult for her to fully understand. That is why we are so proud to introduce our compelling new BeForever character, Melody, whose story reflects the changing face and history of the nation during that important era . . .
“Melody is a hopeful and positive 9-year-old girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan, during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. She loves to sing and blend her voice with others in harmony. After seeing her family members face racial discrimination and experiencing it for herself, Melody decides to add her voice to those who are speaking up about inequality. ”