Category: Black Doll History

Black Doll History: The Doll Test

Once upon a time, in the 1940s, two doctors named Mamie and Kenneth Clark decided to…

Black Doll History: Topsy-Turvy

Everything is Upside Down Topsy-Turvy Dolls, also known as reversible dolls, have a long-standing tradition dating…

Black Doll History: Mark Ruffin

Black Dolls Matter® founder Mark Ruffin has made a significant impact in the toy and entertainment…

Help Launch West Philly’s First Container Toy Store

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I…

Black Doll History: Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Marcus Mosiah Garvey: A Champion of Black Empowerment Born on August 17, 1887, Marcus Mosiah Garvey…

Black Doll History: Lenon “Aunt Len” Holder Hoyte

Aunt Len was Lenon Holder Hoyte, a retired public school art teacher who amassed one of…

Black Doll History: Ida Roberta Bell

Ida Roberta Bell (1904-1992) was an educator and doll artist, well known for her hand-sculpted dolls…

Black Doll History: Richard Henry Boyd

The first black-owned doll company was founded in 1911 by a formerly enslaved man named Richard…