Congrats to our winner Reesa!
I cannot tell a lie, I succumbed to the American Girl Doll culture almost as soon as I pushed my fiery red headed daughter from my loins 15 years ago. YES she was that one year old who had her very own American Girl doll to play with and dress up and whose books she devoured. And yes we spent many a trip at their flagship store in Manhattan dining on tea sandwiches and feeding muffins to her dolls. There is something so incredibly uplifting and positive about this line of dolls and their accompanying books, they are not just pretty playthings but they carry with them a window into a rich historical past and I’ve always thought they helped to shape my daughter’s belief that anything is possible.
And this latest American Girl Melody Ellison, who will have her official debut on Thursday, August 25 and is one of the newest BeForever character, is a girl that EVERY GIRL should meet. WHY? Because in her stories, Melody, a 9-year old growing up in Detroit, Michigan, during the civil rights movement of the 1960s, lifts her voice for equality and helps bring this significant time in America’s history to life for girls today. Keep reading to get all the deets on Melody Ellison and how you can win her RIGHT HERE at The Staten Island Family!
Ensuring the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Melody’s story and product collection was imperative, American Girl worked for over two years with an esteemed six-member advisory board who reviewed and provided input on all aspects of Melody‘s development—from the doll, books, outfits, accessories, issues, and story setting. The Melody advisory board members included:
The late Horace Julian Bond, chairman emeritus, NAACP Board of Directors and founding member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Gloria House, director and professor emerita, African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Juanita Moore, President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and founding executive director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis
Rebecca de Schweinitz, associate professor of history, Brigham Young University, Utah, and author of If We Could Change the World: Young People and America’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality.
Thomas J. Sugrue, professor of history at New York University and author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
JoAnn Watson, native of Detroit, ordained minister, and former executive director of the Detroit NAACP.
To coincide with Melody’s debut, American Girl is launching the Lift Your Voice with Melody campaign. Starting August 20, fans can watch the Lift Your Voice with Melody video at www.americangirl.com/liftyourvoice and then share their own inspiring videos and photos on how they make a difference, using #LiftYourVoice. And, starting August 26, American Girl retail stores are hosting free Melody-inspired events geared for girls ages 8 and up that include a free craft, 1960s music, food, and a free gift. More details are available at www.americangirl.com/retail.
And the best news! We are giving away a Melody Ellison doll to one lucky reader! For a chance to win you you must Follow The Staten Island Family on Facebook and leave a comment that you did so. For another chance to win you must FOLLOW @melissaSChapman on Twitter, TWEET this giveaway and leave a comment here that you did so. For another entry you can subscribe to our YOU TUBE CHANNEL and leave a comment here that you did so. For another entry you can Follow MelissaSChapman on Instagram and leave a comment here that you did so! For Another entry you can follow MelissaSChapman on Pinterest . And for another Entry you can subscribe to our newsletter and leave a comment here that you did so! GOOD LUCK giveaway ends September 14th!