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The impactful 1980 Black Barbie was designed by Kitty Black Perkins. Black Barbie’s style was inspired by fashion icons of the time. In the late 1970s, when Perkins was creating Black Barbie, Diana Ross was a superstar. Black Barbie has a look similar to that of Ross in her disco-diva era. Her hair is big and her outfit sparkles. If you want to dress like Diana, look for shiny fabrics and accessorize with a boa.

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Making Connections


Have you ever played with Barbie or her friends? If so, what kind of life did you imagine for them? If not, what kind of life would you imagine?


Have you read any books about other toys? What did those toys have in common with Barbie? How were they different?


Sandra Day O’Connor was the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court. With the help of an adult, research some famous rulings the Supreme Court has made. Write a few sentences explaining a ruling you are interested in.

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