DocThe Disney Channel will be celebrating Black History Month with a new set of interstitials called We Are Doc McStuffins. The short segments are spinoffs of the Disney Junior series Doc McStuffins, which features a young African-American girl who sets up a clinic for her stuffed animals and toys in her backyard.

The segments will include real-life female African-American doctors. Dr. Myiesha Taylor, an emergency doctor based in Dallas; Dr. Aletha Maybank, a pediatrician in New York City; and Dr. Naeemah Ghafur, a family doctor in Los Angeles. These doctors are also three of the founding members of the “We Are Doc McStuffins” movement. The movement was formed after they decided they could use the show to inspire it’s young fans to become doctors.

“Doc McStuffins is a wonderful inspiration and we’re pleased to be part of extending Disney Channel’s role model message so girls and most especially African-American girls can be inspired to pursue a career in medicine,” Taylor said.

After the group started “We Are Doc McStuffins”, it spawned into the Artemis Medical Society, an organization of more than 2,500 female African-American physicians and medical students from around the world.

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  • Only recently have I heard about this cute little character (then again, its not like a 30+ woman should arbitrarily watch children stations). It was during the holidays and a news segment talked about the “most wanted” toys & there were tons of little white kids talking about this character, so I was pleased & surprised to see she was a little Black girl. I think what they are doing is awesome to not only spotlight an African American character, but a female one! Maybe Disney Land should watch the Disneu Channel to get some ideas on tolerance & diversity (regarding an earlier Clutch article)

  • AJW

    I don’t trust anything Disney does regarding POC. That company has too much history & it ain’t all good.

  • Emme

    The Doc McStuffins show is adorable! It’s about time Disney started coming around. Princess Tiana def was a big step…. and that new lawsuit should help shuffle things along nicely…

  • how cute:)

  • Deb

    I actually watch this (thanks to my nieces for getting me used to these shows) and it’s SOOOOO CUTE and one of the few children/toddlers shows that don’t make me want to scream. I’m looking at you Barney. I also think it’s awesome that her mother is a doctor and she even consults her sometimes! Oh, the cuteness. I’m happy that my nieces are interested in playing doctor and not just princess now :)

    Anyway, i’m very interested to see where they go with this. I guess this show has brought my guard down a bit regarding Disney’s treatment of POC.