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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