There's a new in town, and her name is . She's a young civil rights activist from Detroit, Michigan, who loves to sing Motown with her siblings.
She's the to be introduced in the line, and her story takes place during the 1960s — a powerful decade for the civil rights movement in America. According to a press release from American Girl, Melody experiences discrimination herself and learns to find her voice to enact changes in the world around her. She is influenced by her older sister, a college student and activist, and inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — she even wears a pin from the 1963 Detroit Walk to Freedom, which was the precursor to his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.
American Girl wanted to get her story right, so they worked with a panel of advisors (including the late , who was a leader in the civil rights movement) to to ensure historical accuracy.
In true , Melody comes dressed in period attire, which includes cat-eye sunglasses, a felt hat and a patent purse. You can also purchase accessories like a that plays and records music, or a with a working bingo cage.
To add to the excitement surrounding her launch, announced that Marsai Martin, star of the ABC show Black-ish, will play Melody in a special film, 1963: Love Has to Win, which premieres this fall.
Learn more about Melody in the video below.