11-Year-Old Jersey Girl Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign

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When I first heard about the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign I thought to myself what an amazing idea! A book drive created to collect 1000 books featuring girls of color as the main characters. After searching the net, I was even more amazed that the mind behind the brilliance was only 11 years old.

A New Jersey native by the name of Marley Dias was simply tired of reading books that she did not relate to. Her mother, Janice Dias, asked her what she was going to do about it.

“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,” Marley told PhillyVoice. “I’m hoping to show that other girls can do this as well… I used the resources I was given, and I want people to pass that down and use the things they’re given to create more social action projects.”

The resource that Marley speaks on is the GrassROOTS Community Foundation which was cofounded by her mother. The public health and social action organization was created with the mission to “create a world where all girls grow up to be healthy women.” They fund and develop community health and wellness programs which gave young Marley the perfect platform to launch her book drive.

With a goal of 1000 books by February 1, Marley is well on her way. Check out their Facebook to get involved. There is also an option to order suggested books for them via Amazon, or book donations can be sent to 59 Main St., West Orange, N.J., 07052, Office 322.


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