Marley Dias, 11, has always enjoyed reading but she’s tired of reading books where the characters don’t look like her. The elementary-school student started #1000BlackGirlBooks where she has made a goal of raising 1,000 books that include black girls taking the lead.
“I told [my mom] I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs,” Dias said, pointing specifically to “Where the Red Fern Grows” and the “Shiloh” series. “‘What are you going to do about it?’ [my mom] asked. And I told her I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters,” she recalled to the Philly Voice.
Dias is the recipient of Disney Friends of Change Grant for her commitment to changing the lives of others and spurring social change with all her other project where she serves food to orphans in Ghana.
While her book drive is just in the beginning stages Dias has already raised 400 books and plans to raise 600 more before February 1. This particular initiative is a part of GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp that provides assistance and empowering support to young impoverished girls in the Philadelphia area.
Kudos to Marley for leaving her mark on this world at only 11.