Rosa Parks Barbie

Name: Rosa Parks Barbie

Made by and When: Mattel, 2019

Material: Articulated vinyl

Height: 11-1/2 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair styled in a low ponytail with ends tucked under/painted brown eyes/smiling mouth with painted teeth area

Clothes: Black pillbox hat has a faux white flower on the right front; a tan and white floral-print sleeveless dress, gray wool-like coat, white gloves, dark gray mock-laced oxfords, and a black clutch.    

Other: Portrait doll of Rosa Parks, designed by Kelley Lindberg,from the Inspiring Women Series commemorates Parks’ civil rights activism, specifically her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on December 1, 1955, on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.  She was arrested on December 5, 1955.  Her arrest led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted over a year until the Supreme Court ruled on December 20, 1956, that segregated buses were illegal.  Includes a doll stand.

“During the Montgomery bus boycott, we came together and remained unified for 381 days. It has never been done again. The Montgomery boycott became the model for human rights throughout the world.”


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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