top of page

ChangeMakers ; Marley Dias

Updated: Nov 1, 2020

ChangeMakers : Marley Dias

" Do your best don't worry about being the best ".

Marley Dias (born January 4, 2005) is an American activist and #feminist. She launched a campaign called#1000BlackGirlBooks in November 2015, when she was in sixth grade.

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.

Watch the amazing video

Photograph: Linda Nylind/The Guardian

Source: Wikipedia, The Guardian, Marley Dias

Curator : Munllonch

Related Posts

See All


PayPal ButtonPayPal Button

If there were ever a time to join us, it is now. You can power the entrepreneur women and help sustain our future. Support the Coachability Foundation from as little as € 1,  it only takes a minute. If you can, please consider supporting us with a regular amount each month. Thank you.






  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • YouTube
PayPal ButtonPayPal Button


       Made with creativity and compromise by  © Coachabilibity Foundation. RSIN NUMBER  861236749  KvK-nummer 78024781 Anbi Status  2021. All Rights Reserved.

bottom of page