In 2020, Jones, a proud graduate of Hampton University and a Dallas native, recognized the absence of toys that could inspire children to learn about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and envision their potential futures at these esteemed institutions.
While attempting to purchase a doll for a former classmate, Jones encountered an unexpected challenge.
Undeterred by the lack of options, Jones embarked on a mission to fill this void.
After being furloughed from her previous job as a toy buyer, she decided to take matters into her own hands and handmade dolls that would not only represent HBCUs but also cater to a diverse range of skin tones and hair textures.
HBCyoU Dolls, which started as a personal project, has now blossomed into a company with a meaningful mission.
Jones, with the support of her husband in packaging and shipping, has created more than just dolls. HBCyoU Dolls stand as symbols of representation, diversity, and the power of one individual’s determination to make a positive impact.
HBCyoU Dolls is not just a toy company; it is a catalyst for change, promoting inclusivity and encouraging young minds to believe in the boundless possibilities that education and determination can bring.