After her debut in Detroit on Saturday, Melody Ellison, American Girl’s ® newest historical BeForever doll, is now available for purchase across the nation.
Melody’s character is a 9-year-old Detroit girl and aspiring singer who finds her voice in Motown sound amid the civil rights movement in the 1960s, according to the company.
Gloria House, professor emerita of African-American studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, told the Detroit Free Press that it’s fitting for American Girl to define the mid-1960s with a story based in Detroit.
“Why not have her be a little Detroit girl?” House, who was active during the civil rights movement, told the Detroit Free Press. “Detroit was so much the mecca of civil rights and movement activities during that period from the ’60s right until the ’80s.”