(WCMH)–The newest American Girl character is described as a “hopeful and positive” 9-year-old growing up in a pivotal time for the United States.
Melody Ellison is the third African American doll featured in the BeForever collection, according to NBC News. She is growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
Melody is a singer, and “loves to perform in church, with her family, and in her community,” the American Girl website says.
Melody’s first book, “No Ordinary Sound”, was written by Denise Lewis Patrick who hopes that Melody’s story can inspire children to do “what they can to help change their community for the better.”
American Girl says that Melody experiences racial inequality, and, her sense of community “grows from her extended family to include her neighborhood and, ultimately, all African Americans.”
She is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “to have a dream of her own: to lift her voice for fairness and equality.”
Melody Ellison will make her debut and will be on shelves in the summer of 2016.