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Ahead of Black History Month, Barbie Unveils Maya Angelou Doll

Maya Angelou will become a Barbie doll ahead of Black History Month, according to Mattel, the toy manufacturing giant behind the Barbie brand. Maya Angelou will be part of the California-based company’s Inspiring Women series, which also has Ella Fitzgerald, Amelia Earheart and Rosa Parks as honorees.

Days ago, on its Instagram page, Barbie unveiled the doll of the late author, activist and educator, sharing a quote ascribed to her, which reads, verbatim: “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Barbie made it clear it is proud to honour Maya Angelou, who it describes as the newest heroine in its Inspiring Women Collection and an inspiration to kids on what they can achieve if they should refuse to be silenced but stand up and stand out.

Until her death, Maya Angelou was a distinguished novelist and poet. Among her notable works are “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” (prose) and Just “Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie,” a collection of poems for which she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Well, what do you think of the latest Barbie honouring the legacy of the author who died 28 may 2014 aged 86? You’re welcome to join the conversation by dropping your thoughts in the comment section below.

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