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Activist 11 Year Old Starts National Book Drive

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Meet Marley Dias. She’s eleven years old, she’s from New Jersey, and when she didn’t find any representation of herself in the books she was assigned to read at school, she started a national book drive to help out other children facing the same challenge.

Marley, who calls her project #1000BlackGirlBooks, told her mother that she was tired of only reading about white male protagonists, and when her mother asked about what a good solution might be, the book drive was born. How amazing is it to see such encouragement from a parent? Marley and her mother have also discussed opening up their own library, and after receiving a grant from Disney that Marley wrote herself, travelled to Ghana to work with orphan populations. Her work is in partnership with GrassROOTS Community Foundations, which runs a Super Camp for girls middle school aged and younger who have been affected by poverty.

“I want to be a magazine editor for my own magazine,” she told Philly Voice, “And I’d also like to continue social action. For the rest of my life.” With her current project underway, you can be sure that Marley is going to be an incredible life-long activist.

Help Marley out by sending book or cash donations to:
59 Main St., West Orange, N.J., 07052, Office 323.

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