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From 1000 Black Girl Books to the Youngest 30 Under 30 Recipient for 2018

Marley Dias is moving mountains and breaking glass ceilings and she’s 12 years old. Marley is the founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks, which was a campaign that set out to donate 1,000 books featuring Black girls as main characters. After completely demolishing that number and collecting more than 10,000 books, Dias secured a book deal and while also earning a spot on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, making her the youngest person on the list for 2018.

When most people are faced with a problem they complain but it takes a determination and great deal of confidence to actually go out and do something about it.

“I had a lot of choices about how I was going to address this problem,” she added. “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. Or, option 3: start a campaign that collect books with Black girls as 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 read.”

At such a young age she has the courage to chase her dreams, speak her truth while encourage us to do the same.

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