In The Doll World’s Annual World of Black Dolls Celebration
Why In The Doll World Created the Annual World of Black Dolls Celebration
In the United States, we celebrate the accomplishments of Black Americans during the month of February. Recently, Georgette and I have seen a number of social-media discussions about the lack of available Black dolls. We can imagine, if the only place you see Black dolls is at your local department and/or toy store, you may believe there are very few Black dolls. As doll collectors, we know a large number of Black dolls are being created by small doll artists/creators/customizers. As such, we have decided to share a variety of Black dolls via the month of February to help people realize how many Black dolls actually exist.
We have invited you to participate in this celebration because we think you can help us accomplish our goal of celebrating Black dolls while educating the public about the number of available Black dolls. Though we would like to focus on dolls that have cultural significance, as doll collectors, we understand dolls are collected/created/customized for a variety of reasons. So, we ask that you chose a doll that is either culturally significant or has special significance to you. If you can't think of a topic or theme for your show, please consider discussing why you think Black dolls matter or your personal experience with your chosen dolls.
Thanks, Tammy & Georgette
Which Dolls to Choose
We have invited the people we have interviewed to share videos of their dolls; so, we suggest you choose a doll that was not created by any of the people we have interviewed. We would love it if you chose dolls that had meaningful stories, e.g., a doll with sentimental value, a doll that is historically/culturally significant, etc. You may share more than one doll in a video.
If you speak a language other than English, please feel free to speak in the other language or on both languages! This is a worldwide celebration, so please share your beautiful languages!
What to Say in Your Video
We have included a format for the introduction and outline order of information. We have done this for consistency. The details that you give about the doll are up to you. In case you need some topics to speak about, we suggest you speak about why you chose the doll, why you think Black dolls matter, your personal experiences with Black dolls, etc.
Format for Video Content
Note: If you do not want to be seen in your video, please let me know. I will make a video showing the photo. People will be able to hear your voice, but not see your face.
Pat McLean Smith made a video that does a great job of following the format. You can see Pat's video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcc4P8cxtF0&list=PLzJhhpaQbYJZOUcJcrON4nJAM_TEV7qIX&index=20
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