Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls

Name: Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls – A Communicator for the Past and Present

Description: Sneha Sureshkumar was a 10th grader at the time she conducted extensive research for the documentary “Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls.” Her research and the resulting documentary were part of her state’s 2020-2021 History Day Project. Shindana’s Baby Nancy was her inspiration. Using Baby Nancy and other Black dolls, the documentary offers a glimpse at Black dolls as parallel communicators of the past and present African American experience.

Sneha Sureshkumar’s documentary received “honorable mention” at the state level.

Link to the approximately 10-minute documentary below.

Jim Toatley sculpted Shindana’s Baby Nancy and other Shindana dolls

Documentary Link

View the documentary here.


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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.

One thought on “Understanding African American History Through the Eyes of Dolls

  1. I found this presentation extremely educational and very well researched. Excellent! I encourage the presenter to continue her work to educate.


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