Marley Dias (born 3 January 2005) is an African-American activist and feminist. She launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks in November 2015, when she was in sixth grade.
She was born in Philadelphia and she grew up in New Jersey of Jamaican and Cape Verdean descent. Marley Dias who adores reading, didn’t have any choices to read about what she wanted, when she was eleven. She had to read about white boys and dogs and the books which were mandatory reading. She said that “There wasn’t really any freedom for me to read what I wanted.” She started to complain about this situation to her mum.She was complaining about the lack of literature because there weren’t any black girls as protagonists. After she had a talk with her mum, she decided to start a specific book drive. Marley was named after legendary Reggae Super Star Bob Marley
Marley Dias’ specific book drive includes black girls as the main characters, not the minor or background characters. She launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks with black female lead characters. Her wish was to collect 1,000 books to donate for the black girls. Her two friends Briana and Amina joined her campaign to help and they started to be called “BAM” in social media. After a short time, she collected more than 9,000 books. Many of these books have been sent to a children’s book drive in Jamaica
Dias whose project has been popular all over the world, will be the author and she will be the main character in her own book. Marley wants to show the children all over the world that their wishes or dreams can come true. Scholastic Corporation which is global children’s publishing company, announced that the book will be released in the spring of 2018. Marley says that “I think writing gives me creative freedom. I love just being able to do whatever I want. When I create a story, I can make it however funny, sad, or happy I want it to be.”Also, she recommends some books for younger kids:
- The Story of Ruby Bridges
- No Mirrors in My Nana’s House
- Dear America
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
- Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Marley Dias appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and co-host of the Girls Can Do Program. She interviewed people like Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay for Elle.com. She has become the websıte’s youngest editor.
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