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