This throwback Detroiter reaches American Girl shops this summer for $115. Her lapel pin says

  A Wisconsin toy maker hopes to help girls better understand passions of the civil rights era through its next release in a series of dolls — a 9-year-old Detroiter “inspired by Dr. King to have a dream of her own.”

The fictional Melody Ellison is a mid-1960s aspiring singer whose dream, according to “No Ordinary Sound,” an accompanying 232-page paperback by Denise Lewis Patrick, is “to lift her voice for fairness and equality.”

The 18-inch-tall doll, part of the American Girl collection launched in 1986, goes on sales this summer for $115 — though parents and grandparents will fork over lots more for girls who want “countless accessories and a series of novels” about Melody. Options include different outfits, a bed and a “Motown-style” recording studio.   

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