Sylvia Mendez and her family won a class action lawsuit in 1946 against the Orange County School district that dismantled the segregated school system. This was eight years before the well-known Brown v. Board of Education case.
There have long been debates regarding Disney’s lack of diversity and further, the lack of diversity in dolls for children of color. While reading an article on this subject matter, I came across a comment that made me raise…
Well even in Ghana at the markets, if not used dolls, they sell new white dolls. Even in the new Shopright that opened up in Accra, the dolls they sell between the grocery isle are white. Come on, this is Ghana, where mostly everyone is a black - why is this little girl in the village walking around with a plastic white baby? And no wonder there are so many billboards posted along the roads for skin lighting.
Eartha Kitt in 1948 as a Katherine Dunham dancer performing in Street scene, part of Motivos, choreographed by Ms. Dunham. Ms. Kitt began her illustrious career as a dancer with Ms. Dunham’s company after a serendipitous encounter outside of a theater. A pretty young woman walked up to her and asked her directions to Max Factor’s makeup shop. Ms. Kitt said, “But you are so pretty. Why would you want to wear makeup?” When the woman replied that she was sent to buy the makeup for Katherine Dunham, Ms. Kitt made a deal with her: “Tell me how to meet Katherine Dunham and I’ll give you directions to the makeup shop!” And the rest, of course, is history. Photo: Roger Wood, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.