A History of Shindana Toys: Dolls and Games with a Difference

In the late 1960s to the 1980s, Shindana Toys manufactured the most complete line of Black dolls, action figures, plushies, and board and card games. Founded as a division of Operation Bootstrap, a non-profit organization formed in 1965 to address systemic poverty and racism, the company dedicated itself to Black empowerment, community uplift, and greater Black representation in toys.
 
The Strong’s A History of Shindana Toys: Dolls and Games with a Difference online exhibit draws on the museum’s comprehensive collection of toys, games, and play-related materials to explore the history of this significant company.

A History of Shindana Toys