12 Feb Black History Month Spotlight: Marley Dias
Growing up in New Jersey, Marley Dias found her passion for reading. However, she never saw her identity reflected in her assigned school reading. So, as a sixth-grader in 2015, Marley launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks, which focused specifically on books in which black girls are the main characters, not minor or background characters. Within a few months, Marley collected over 11,000 books to donate, bringing awareness to the lack of diversity in children’s literature.
After gaining worldwide recognition, Marley craved her own creative outlet, which manifested in her own book, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!. She hopes to inspire other young people to prioritize education, find passion in reading, and stand up for change in their communities. She encourages all students to:
- Discover their passions
- Prioritize education as a path to leadership
- Be an upstander to all forms of bullying
- Model respect and kindness in all situations
Marley Dias especially recommends the books pictured above for young readers.