Updated: Nov 1, 2020
ChangeMakers : Marley Dias
" Do your best don't worry about being the best ".
Marley Dias, named after reggae singer Bob Marley, is of Jamaican and Cape Verdean descent. She was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey. When Dias was age 11, she complained to her mother that all of her mandatory readings were books about white boys and dogs. She said, "There wasn't really any freedom for me to read what I wanted."
After talking to her mother, Dias decided to start a book drive, #1000BlackGirlBooks, bringing more attention to literature featuring black female protagonists. She also ended up raising over 9,000 books. From all of her hard work and actions in activism, Dias was on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List by age 15.
In 2017, Dias won Smithsonian Magazine's American Ingenuity Award in the Youth category.
Marley Dias' book drive focuses specifically on books in which black girls are the main characters, not minor or background characters. She launched a campaign called#1000BlackGirlBooksin 2015, with the goal to collect 1,000 books to donate for black girls.
In just a few months, more than 9,000 books were collected. Many of these books have been sent to a children's book drive inJamaica. The campaign also called public attention to the lack of diversity in children's literature.
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Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian
Source: Wikipedia, The Guardian, Marley Dias
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