Brown Spice Dolls
In 1979 my first child, Jamila brought the inspiration to create Brown Spice Dolls. A partnership with my mother, Ann Dickerson, and a wonderful silent partner, Roz Watkins, we began a wonderful legacy of ”Brown Spice Dolls and Dudes.” The concept was that “If ice cream comes in 31 flavors, Black Folks come in 31 million.” Our quest was to reproduce as many of those individuals as we could. Thus we began creating a very diverse collection of dolls which reflected the African Diaspora. The culmination of the experience came every year in a “Family Reunion” in which the collectors would bring their dolls home for a wonderful celebration and the creation of a family album. The dolls lead to doll classes and the classes lead to workshops. Eventually the workshops lead to The Young Masters, Inc. (www.youngmastersinc.org) a program which continues today.