"Painstakingly, she makes many of her dolls by hand: four- and five-inch pieces the colors of caramel, coffee and chocolate that eventually resemble Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist who freed slaves in the 1800s; Thurgood Marshall, who became the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice in the 1960s; and track star Florence Griffith Joyner, an Olympic gold medalist in the 1980s," wrote Esmeralda Bermudez of the LATImes.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
"So with donations from family and friends and scraps she finds around the house or at thrift stores, she creates. She turns toilet paper into tree branches, paper clips into glasses, yarn into hair, perfume bottle lids into hats. She makes tiny clothes out of her old shirts and dresses."
She's been working on her colletion for 15 years and the gallery has been on exhibition in classrooms in Compton, Inglewood and South L.A.
"If I can show just one child how much people sacrificed and gave for their freedom, if I could light just one spark," she told Esmeralda. "Then it'll all be worth it."