Recently Dias came home from school frustrated, and explained to her mom that all her school reading assignments seemed to be monochromatic.
“I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs.”
Her mother Janice asked her what she was going to do about it, so Marley started a book drive for stories where non-white girls are the main characters, not just in the background or minor characters.
Now gaining followers via twitter for her #1000BlackGirlBooks drive, Marley explained:
“I’m hoping to show that other girls can do this as well…I used the resources I was given, and I want people to pass that down and use the things they’re given to create more social action projects — and do it just for fun, and not make it feel like a chore.”
Read more about Marley and her project in the Philly Voice, and send books to her project at the address below.
Book donations can be sent to 59 Main St., West Orange, N.J., 07052, Office 322.