Baby Nancy, the first ‘black’ doll, woke the toy industry

A 13-inch black doll named Baby Nancy made her American Toy Fair debut, which took place the week of March 2, 1969. (Hersh Rosner)

A 13-inch black doll named Baby Nancy made her American Toy Fair debut, which took place the week of March 2, 1969. (Hersh Rosner)

This month marks the Barbie doll’s 60th birthday, with a lot of attendant hoopla. Target has launched a commemorative “girl power” collection. New coffee table books trace the doll’s fashion savvy, and Mattel is issuing a new line of birthday Barbies.

Barbie deserves her party, but that celebration has overshadowed another doll anniversary that is arguably more relevant to our cultural moment. Fifty years ago this month, Baby Nancy made her debut at the American Toy Fair. A 13-inch black baby doll, Nancy transformed what was racially acceptable in Toyland . . .

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