11-Year-Old Girl Sick of Reading About White Boys & Dogs Starts #1000BlackGirlBooks & Wins the Internet

Marley Dias #1000BlackGirlBooks

It's great for children to learn about new and different things. It's also wonderful for kids to see themselves in characters, which helps make them relatable. Marley Dias is an 11-year-old girl who questioned why stories in her class didn't feature any people of color. Rather than shrug her shoulders, Marley decided to take matters into her own hands and start #1000BlackGirlBooks, a book drive to collect books with black girls as the heroines. 


Go ahead, Marley!

At first, the New Jersey student planned on creating a book guide for her class that would highlight reads with black characters -- but ultimately decided to do something that would have a greater impact. Seeing as Marley's mom, Janice Dias, is a philanthropist, it makes sense for her daughter to follow in her footsteps.

The 1,000 books Marley hopes to collect by February 1 will be donated to children in Jamaica (Marley's mom is from the island) -- as well as to schools and libraries. Those interested in supporting Marley's cause can send books or a donation to the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, Janice's nonprofit that promotes health and wellness for women and young girls.

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Don't you just love when the future leaders of tomorrow see an issue and feel empowered to take matters into their own hands? I think what this young lady is doing will impact the lives of not only brown girls, but also everyone who enjoys reading something new and exciting.

Reading lists, and the books our children are exposed to in schools, need to be diverse. Yes, there are many things that unite us, but there's nothing wrong with celebrating differences that make our melting pot all the more savory.

Growing up, I was lucky to have an assortment of friends from all different walks of life. I think books with more diversity in schools will help broaden the scopes of students, and possibly introduce them to characters and ideas that aren't immediately visible within their communities.




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