BLACK VOICES
02/22/2013 02:59 pm ET Updated Apr 24, 2013

Black Is Beautiful: Why Black Dolls Matter

s a little girl, Samantha Knowles didn't stop to consider why most of her dolls--her American Girl dolls, her Cabbage Patch Kids, her Barbie dolls--were black like her. But black dolls were not common in her upstate New York hometown, whose population remains overwhelmingly white. So when Knowles was 8 years old, one of her friends innocently asked "Why do you have black dolls?" And she didn't know quite what to say.

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