The wheels of The Black Doll Affair movement began turning in 2007. Four years later, for its commitment in philanthropy and efforts to change the way black girls and women are perceived and perceive themselves; BDA has boarded thousands of supportive members called The Black Dolls. Entities such as Essence Magazine, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Microsoft Company, Meetup Inc., Mattel and the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty have each given boost to the BDA little movement that could. In 2009, supported by Georgia’s Governor, Mayor, Atlanta City Council, GA House of Representatives and the GA State Senate, BDA received a Proclamation for Black Doll Affair Day [December 12] in the State of Georgia! The Black Dolls went on invitation to Congressman John Lewis’ Washington DC office and President Obama's White House. Recently, BDA received a Volunteer Service Award from President Obama.
“As we take our movement for the first time into South Carolina, The Black Dolls and I are pleased to partner with the YWCA of The Upper Lowlands. With similar missions to empower women and girls these types of Black Doll Affairs provide opportunity for meaningful dialogue between moms and daughters about our choices and our self worth.” said, Dana Hill.
The Black Doll Affair & YWCA of the Upper Lowlands Town Hall Meeting is free and will be held from 12pm-2pm at the Opera House--21 North Main Street from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Guests are asked to bring a toy black doll to donate to The Black Doll Affair. For more information call the YWCA at: (803) 773-7158
About The Black Doll Affair
Doll tests have revealed that black children prefer white dolls and view black dolls as ugly and bad. The Black Doll Affair is a social club of black women called The Black Dolls. To reverse doll tests results and remind black girls of their inner and outer beauty, these role models engage in philanthropic affairs, donate toy black dolls to little girls, have self-esteem building play dates with teens and host fun events (Black Doll Affairs) that uplift the black woman and increases her pride in hue. These are the "Affairs" of The Black Dolls! Recipients of President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award, The Black Dolls range in shade and shape. Eighteen years and older, from college students to grandmothers, career women to ladies of leisure, they are role models that band together to tackle the black family’s issues with shadeism, self hatred and low self-worth. To express the importance of community service, annually they donate hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to charitable causes that affect all races. These are the Affairs of The Black Dolls and their mission is to change the way black girls are perceived and, more importantly, how they perceive themselves. More at: www.blackdollaffair.com
About the YWCA
The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women's organization in the world. Across the globe, their mission to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA provides safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women's rights and civil rights in Congress. Women go to the YWCA in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They go for job training and career counseling. They go for childcare. They go for health and fitness. They leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives. More at: www.ywca.org/