National Geographic : 1990 Aug
"This single mother makes a conscious effort to expose her children to African traditions. When they are older, her sons will choose to keep or shed their dreadlocks in a rite of passage." Surrounded by her daughter and six sons -clockwise from Cetawayo, on her lap, they are Kehinde, Atiba, Hesaam, Sibongile, Obatala, and Taiwo - Kemba Sonnebeyatta explains the significance of her children's African names: Hesaam means brave, gener ous, and kind; Obatala means king of peace and love; Cetawayo is the name of a Zulu king; Atiba means one of understanding; and Sibongile means we are thankful. Taiwo, signifying the first born, and Kehinde, second born, are twins. Barbara and Sinclair White man (left) consider their dolls part of their own extended family. Barbara has been collecting black dolls for about five years and recently founded the Philadelphia Doll Museum. Her collection, entitled "Dark Images," includes more than 400 dolls, from antiques to folk dolls made of grass, cornhusks, walnuts, pecans, or baby-bottle nipples. Gathered from all over the world, they reflect how people of African heritage have been perceived through history.