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Date: 2016-12-14

New mom using black princess dolls, community letters to inspire Newark girls

Shennell McCloud, a lifelong Newark resident and director of advocacy for KIPP New Jersey, which operates several charter schools in the city, said the idea for the movement came when she was pregnant with her first child.

"When I found out I was having a girl, I realized that I really needed her to be aware of how to build a positive self image from the time she was born," McCloud said.

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