This 11-year-old wants to help kids discover books they can relate to

Eleven-year-old Marley Dias told her mom she was « sick of reading books about white boys and dogs. »

Capture d’écran 2016-03-16 à 14.22.13The sixth grader from New Jersey loves to read, but she has a hard time relating to the characters in the required books she reads in school because she has nothing in common with them.

« I was frustrated… in fifth grade where I wasn’t reading books with a character that I could connect with, »

Her mom, Janice Dias, asked Marley what she planned on doing about it. At first, Marley said that she decided to create a book guide which would feature black characters, but she ultimately decided to take her idea a step further. So she initiated #1000BlackGirlBooks in November, a book drive where she collected books in which black girls were the main characters — not the sidekicks or background characters.

However, Marley’s budding career in philanthropy started long before #1000BlackGirlBooks. Last year, Marley won a Disney Friends for Change grant to teach girls how to tap into their talents at a youth empowerment camp and gave food to orphans in Ghana. She also regularly serves food at a soup kitchen with two of her peers as a part of their nonprofit, BAM, which stands for the first letter in the three girls’ names — Briana, Amina and Marley.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

 

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