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Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, "An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win examines the joyful life and troubled times of an irrepressible 10-year-old African-American girl whose vivid imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. When shocking national events threaten her sense of security, Melody must find inner strength to restore her hope for a better world.
The backdrop for Melody's rich story is built around the Civil Rights Movement. 1963 was a time for change and a pivotal moment in the annals of black history. Individuals involved in creating Melody speak about the emotions, themes and hopes the Civil Rights Movement inspired. This movement built was from the bottom up, by thousands of people and children just like Melody.
It's Christmas, 1955 in Daytona Beach, FL, and middle child Maryellen longs to stand out amidst the hustle and bustle of her big family. When Benji, a family friend afflicted with polio comes to stay with them, Maryellen is intent on making the holiday special. After her plans for a big celebration fall through, she discovers the best gifts are often simple, meaningful gestures of friendship.
Set in 1976 San Francisco, Ivy Ling second generation Chinese-American struggles to find balance between her two cultural identities. Though her parents value family and Chinese traditions, Ivy wishes to be like her all-American best friend, Julie Albright. When Ivy's important gymnastics meet and her family's Chinese New Year's dinner land on the same night, she has to decide between the two.
Alyvia Alyn Lind(Maryellen Larkin)
Frances Fisher(Miss Abbot)
Marsai Martin(Melody Ellison)
Frankie Faison(Frank Ellison)
Idara Victor(Frances Ellison)
Gwendoline Yeo(Marilyn Ling)
Mary McCormack(Kay Larkin)
Nina Lu(Ivy Ling)
Lauren Lindsey Donzis(Drew)
Hannah Nordberg(Julie Albright)
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