Baby doll

Mary Baldwin University welcomes back Black Baby Doll Drive

Mary Baldwin University’s Office of Inclusive Excellence helps boys and girls of color see themselves represented in their toys and books. The annual Black Baby Doll Drive campaign is now underway, and new this year is a Black Boys Read Books Drive campaign.

For 24 years, the organizers have been collecting dolls for girls of color in order to offer a true representation of young natural black girls.

“So it says to these young girls, not only are you beautiful in the skin that you are in, but there are those who are also going through what you are going through. There are those who are by your side, who are on your team. , who support you and they look like you too,” said MBU Program Fellow Jazmine Brooks.

The campaign is sponsored by the Black Student Alliance, Minority Clubs United and Ida B. Wells Gateway to provide black dolls to young girls in the community this Christmas.

Students, teachers and community members are encouraged to donate dolls depicting young black women to help foster positive self-esteem and self-image.

Mary Baldwin student Kimberly Jones previously told us that the reader is important because young girls need to feel that their toys represent them.

“You don’t realize how hard it is to find black dolls in this community until you have to find 10 or even more,” Jones said. “So it’s very important to be able to make these dolls available to girls.”

If you would like to donate dolls, you can drop them off at Mary Baldwin’s Kable House.

As for collecting books, organizers are looking for those that tell stories of black and brown children, written by authors of color who offer a reflection of what these children are going through. The deadline for both collections is December 7.