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Date Posted: 11:06:23 04/21/02 Sun

Saralee-A Doll with a Noble History

Great Falls, VA: Why would a former First Lady, a Nobel Prize winner, and leading civil right leaders get involved with a doll? The answer is that Ideal's Saralee doll was a breakthrough doll of her time. Saralee was the first doll to truly represent an African-American baby. Up until Saralee, doll manufacturers simply painted a white doll brown to make it "Negro" (as the dolls were called in those days). Saralee was different. Not only was the brown color molded into the vinyl, her face was especially molded by a prominent sculptor after extensive studies of real African-American children. The mission of her developer Sara Lee Creech of Florida, a social worker, was to give African-American children a doll they could identify with. Even former First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, acknowledged the importance of the doll to give "joy to the Negro children and add to their self-respect."

The Saralee doll was also entrusted with the lofty goal of helping to end discrimination. Mrs. Roosevelt had stated "The white child in finding herself unconsciously choosing a doll without any regard to color will forget discrimination." The doll was given such importance that Mrs. Roosevelt convened a panel of distinguished leaders of the day including Dr. Ralph Bunche and Walter White, president of the NAACP, to decide on the right color for the doll. Saralee then went on to become the official doll of the New York City school system among many other honors.

The little doll with a proud history has been reproduced in porcelain from sculptor Sheila Burlingamešs original doll. Saraleešs adorable face was specially sculpted to look like a real African-American baby with brown eyes, an open/closed mouth, and molded painted black hair. Saralee is wearing a replica of her original yellow ribbon trimmed white organdy dress with matching bonnet and panties with cute little white tie shoes and white socks.
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Saralee a doll whose mission was to end discrimination is truly a doll that anyone and everyone can love.

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