Marley Dias is 13-years-old. She started and manages a movement called #1000BlackGirlBooks. When she first launched her campaign in 2015, her goal was simple: collect and donate 1,000 books that feature black girls as the main character.
After conducting her own research, Marley realized just how few books had black girls or girls of color as their lead character, and how she might not be the only person frustrated by the lack of representation in children's books. She tells us:
“I had a lot of choices about how I was going to address the problem. Option 1: focus on me, get myself more books; have my dad take me to Barnes and Noble and just be done, live my perfect life in suburban New Jersey. Option 2: find some authors, beg them to write more black girl books so I’d have some of my own, special editions, treat myself a bit," she said. "Or, option 3: start a campaign that collect books with black girls as the main characters, donate them to communities, develop a resource guide to find those books, talk to educators and legislators about how to increase the pipeline of diverse books, and lastly, write my own book, so that I can see black girl books collected and I can see my story reflected in the books I have to read."
Dias, of course, went with option 3, and her effort is much needed in the world of children's literature. Today, Dias has accumulated more than 9,000 books and has landed a book deal of her own.
The full story: Marley Dias: 13-year-old activist and author
2018 video update: Teen activist Marley Dias on her new mission for racial harmony
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