*****THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED – OUR WINNER IS LYDIA CLARK*****
Smarties, we are proud to host an amazing giveaway for all of you who have American Girl doll lovers in your life! Meet Melody Ellison, the newest in American Girl’s BeForever collection and such an important piece of American history.
In typical Smarty fashion, we are giving away one Melody™ BeForever American Girl doll to a very lucky reader, read on!
The history behind Melody Ellison
Melody Ellison is a 9-year old growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Melody lifts her voice for equality and helps bring this significant time in America’s history to life for girls today. She loves to sing and blend her voice with others in harmony. After seeing her family members face racial discrimination and experiencing it for herself, Melody decides to add her voice to those speaking up about inequality.
Ensuring the historical accuracy and cultural authenticity of Melody’s story and product collection was imperative, so American Girl worked for over two years with an esteemed six-member advisory board who reviewed and provided input on all aspects of Melody’s development—from the doll, books, outfits, accessories, issues, and story setting. The Melody advisory board members included:
– The late Horace Julian Bond, chairman emeritus, NAACP Board of Directors and founding member of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
– Gloria House, director and professor emerita, African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn
– Juanita Moore, President and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and founding executive director of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis
– Rebecca de Schweinitz, associate professor of history, Brigham Young University, Utah, and author of If We Could Change the World: Young People and America’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality
– Thomas J. Sugrue, professor of history at New York University and author of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North
– JoAnn Watson, native of Detroit, ordained minister, and former executive director of the Detroit NAACP
To coincide with Melody’s debut, American Girl also launched the Lift Your Voice with Melody campaign. Fans can watch the Lift Your Voice with Melody video at www.americangirl.com/liftyourvoice and then share their own inspiring videos and photos on how they make a difference, using #LiftYourVoice. In addition, American Girl retail stores are hosting free Melody-inspired events geared for girls ages 8 and up that include a free craft, 1960s music, food, and a free gift. More details are available at www.americangirl.com/retail.
The Smarty American Girl Melody Giveaway:
One lucky Smarty reader will win this fab prize, valued at $115! It’s easy to enter. Simply do these 3 steps:
1) Subscribe to our Smarty e-newsletter. You MUST be a subscriber for your chance to win! Not subscribed? Get signed up, here!
3) Tell us (by posting in the comments below) your daughter’s proudest moment. Make sure you include valid email address and first and last name so we can contact you if you are the winner.
You’re one step closer to having the American Girl Melody doll! All Smarties who complete the steps above (we will validate!) will be put into a drawing. Our winner will be announced in our Smarty e-newsletter on September 29th, so be on the lookout!