Christie: The Dream of a Dream House
In 1968 the Mattel Toy Company introduced Talking Christie to the market. Even though she was the first Black 11.5″ fashion doll she didn’t have any clothes or dream house of her own. Luckily she had a friend named Barbie who had a home she could visit and lots of outfits to borrow. In 1970 Christie met Brad and together they lived a life of playtime bliss. The frequent visits to the dream house and pool were playful and fun. However, Christie and Brad desired more. Through the years there have been other incarnations of Christie and Brad but never a dream house, car or commemorative gift set to mark their contribution to the world of play. Christie laid the foundation for new generations of African-American fashion dolls. Today, my Christie is without her beloved Brad. She is never lonely because she is surround by a community that loves and appreciates her. We celebrate Christie as she stands with her brothers and sisters in formation. Together they proclaim Black Dolls Matter!