American Girl to Release New Civil Rights Era Doll

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Meet Melody Ellison. American Girl on Tuesday introduced a new doll from the Civil Rights era to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary.

The historical doll will make her debut and will be on shelves in the summer of 2016. Like the other historical dolls, Melody comes with her own back story. She's a 9-year-old African-American girl who is described as a "hopeful and positive," growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Melody enjoys singing and joining her voice in harmony with others.

This is the third African American doll featured in the BeForever collection. The first was Addy Walker from Philadelphia circa 1864 and Cecile Rey from New Orleans in the 1850s.

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