The Detroit Doll Show, an annual celebration of African American history, culture, self-love and diversity through the promotion of dolls of color, has announced its return in 2022 following a two-year COVID hiatus. It’s one of the largest doll shows of its kind in the world. The one-day event will return to the Marygrove Conservancy’s Madame Cadillac Building from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on November 12. 

A child plays with Sun-Man action figure

A child plays with the Sun-Man action figure. | Photo provided by Detroit Doll Show

The doll show will feature free arts and crafts, workshops, African drumming, contests and a legacy award presentation with honorees Dr. Khalid El-Hakim, the founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum, and Professor Yla Eason, the founder and president of Olmec Toys, Inc., and the pioneer behind the toy company’s Black superhero action figure Sun-Man. 

Detroit Doll Show founder Sandra Epps sits down with “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson to share what families can expect from the doll show. Plus, Epps talks about how African American dolls promote diversity, culture and self-love to young Black children, as well as adult collectors, and the importance of Black representation in toys.  

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