- "Addy" redirects here. For the doll, see Addy Walker (doll).
Personality and Facts
Addy is a very brave, loving, thoughtful, and kind child, who often risks her safety for the safety of others. She is very close-knit with her family and is devastated that they are separated early in the series; when they get back together, she is still tied closely to them. Her friends say she has strong "family pride". She does not like slavery or the hard work she endured as an enslaved child. Poppa describes her as being of the age where a child learns they are enslaved and the hope they had as a child is being broken by the daily burdens of being so. At least once while enslaved, Addy is so despondent that she vows she would do anything for Him if He would let the family escape slavery; she is warned by Uncle Solomon not to bargain with God.
Addy does not think it is fair or right that white people own and abuse black people. At one point, she does not like white people - she even says she hates them - but later on, she becomes less fearful of them. She still however finds it grossly unfair that whites and blacks keep separate lives and thinks that they should live together. She is a proponent of fairness and does not like seeing other people suffer. Addy is also very questioning of the status quo; many times in her series, she questions why colored people have their place in society that is beneath whites, and the answers she is given of "that just being how things are" do not appease her.
Addy tends to leap before she looks; so far, this has yet to get her in any trouble. She is also curious and wants to surge ahead. She does feel she can trust people before she meets them more often than not. Watching anything - people or animals - suffer bothers her. In her heart, she is an optimist and thinks good of people. However, due to her young age, she is easily influenced and upset by other people, especially her classmate Harriet. Addy is also very upset and sometimes ashamed of her poverty status, especially in comparison to Harriet, who has the kind of life Addy expected in freedom. Addy has a lot of pride at times. She wishes her family did not have to work so hard to make a life for themselves in freedom.
Addy is a very intelligent child and good in school; she learns to read and write within months of starting school, she catches up to Harriet's level quickly, does well enough to win a spelling bee in her class, and later is invited to take further education at The institute for Colored Youth, which she attends. Addy shows interest in being a teacher when she gets older. After Sarah is forced to drop out of school to make ends meet, Addy offers to teach her so that she can keep learning. By the time of Shadows on Society Hill, she is studying Latin as part of her curriculum at I.C.Y.
She is not very logical at times near the start of the series and has moments of fancy--especially about what life in freedom will be like--but over the course of the series becomes much more practical (although still given to moments of wishing and dreaming). She still has many moments of idealism, some of which come to happy endings. One of her favorite treats is ice cream; she tastes it for the first time at a church social and loves it. Her favorite color is red.
Addy can swim; she was taught to swim by her brother Sam back on the plantation. This plays a major part in Meet Addy. She likes the outdoors and wilderness but is squeamish about dead animals and injuries. Her full first name is Aduke, named after her great-grandmother on her father's side, which means "Much Loved" in Yoruba (a Nigerian language). Addy likes to help her mother and Mrs. Ford in Mrs Ford's dress shop. She is very hard-working, resourceful and can be shy.
American Girl characterizes her as "courageous" and "strong". A featured video describes her as "resilient".
Family and Friends
- Ben Walker: Addy's father, Poppa.
- Ruth Walker: Addy's mother, Momma.
- Sam Walker: Addy's older brother.
- Esther Walker: Addy's younger sister.
- Auntie Lula: A found family member and the cook on the plantation.
- Uncle Solomon: A found family member and Auntie Lula's husband.
- Aduke: Great-grandmother. Namesake.
Friends and other Minor Characters
- Sarah Moore: Addy's best friend.
- Harriet Davis: Addy's well-off classmate and rival.
- Master Stevens: Plantation owner and enslaver of the Walker family.
- Miss Caroline: An elderly woman who assists Addy and Momma to freedom.
- Miss Dunn: Addy's teacher at Sixth Street School.
- Mrs. Ford: The owner of the dress shop where Momma works.
- Reverend Drake: The minister at Trinity A.M.E Church.
- Mr and Mrs Golden: The owners of the boarding house where the Walkers live.
- M'dear: An elderly woman who befriends Addy.
See: List of Addy's Books
- Addy: An American Girl Story: live-action play.
- Main article: Addy Walker (doll)
- Face Mold: African American/"Addy"
- Skin: Dark
- Hair: Textured dark brown
- Eyes: Brown
- Other: Addy has permanent gold loop earrings.
- See: Addy's Collection
Addy was the first character released by American Girl to have an Advisory board: The members were:
- Lonnie Bunch, founding Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum if African American History and Culture;
- Cheryl Chisholm, producer and (former) director of the Atlanta Third World Film Festival;
- Spencer Crew, Robinson Professor of American African American, and Public History at George Mason University who at the time was a curator and historian at the Smithsonian;
- Violet Harris, researcher and expert on multicultural literature and black American children's literature
- Wilma King, historian and expert on American slavery;
- June Powell, (former) expert of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Ohio; and
- Janet Sims-Wood, (former) librarian and scholar at Howard University who specialized in the stories of black women.
- Addy was the first black character released by American Girl, as well as the first doll of color.
- Addy was the first doll to be released with any earrings.
- Like Samantha Parkington, Addy's original illustrations were replaced in 1998. (The illustrations for Molly McIntire started to be replaced in 1989.)
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