Sheri and Corey Crawley came back to Detroit to be closer to her family. They came back with their two young daughters Laila and Aliya. It was a big move but they were up to the challenge. In the fall of 2010, their oldest daughter started kindergarten and as the months went by, she started to change from a happy bubbly girl to a more withdrawn and timid girl. The family noticed that she would make comments of not liking her own textured hair, instead wanting long blonde hair seen in commercials or on her classmates. Around the same time, it just happened that CNN ran a series about research in regards to dolls and skin tone. Sheri kept that series and information in the back of her mind but it became more important when she took her youngest daughter and friends to a popular doll store for a birthday party. Sheri saw that all the girls ignored the brown dolls and that the only black doll available was a freed slave. With a strong belief in God, Sheri knew she needed to address the messages about skin tone and beauty in a positive and uplifting manner. Using her husband’s term of endearment for the daughters, Sheri and Corey created a product line for young ladies that carried the message “Pretty Brown Girl” to help other young girls be happy in the own skin. A doll was created, clothing and accessories have followed as well as the Pretty Brown Girl Movement.
As Sheri likes to say “Join the movement! Empower a girl! Empower the world! And this is why the Crawleys are our Health Heroes this week.
Learn more by visiting Pretty Brown Girl