Mattel Unveils "AKA Centennial Barbie" for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Atlanta, GA 7/18/2008 04:56 AM GMT (TransWorldNews)

Mattel Inc. released their AKA Centennial Barbie doll in commemoration of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.'s 100 years of sisterhood.

The AKA Barbie doll was unveiled on Thursday during Alpha Kappa Alpha's Centennial Boule', their national convention.

Barbie dolls have been made specifically for various causes and themes, but this is the first time that Mattel has made a Barbie to honor a sorority. The AKA Barbie adorns a gown in the sorority's colors of salmon pink and apple green.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University, becoming the first African-American sorority and first African-American Greek-lettered organization founded on a historically Black college or university.

The AKA Centennial Boule' 2008, which was held in its founding city of Washington, D.C., honors 100 years of the organization's existence. The sorority has more than 200,000 women in over 975 chapters in the United States and several other countries.

The doll comes at a unique time for the sorority, just days after Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, accepted an invitation for induction into the sorority.

The doll, which will sell for $50, will be available soon at The first African-American Barbie Doll was released by Mattel in 1968, named Christie.

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