Marley Dias Launched A Successful Book Drive of #1000BlackGirlBooks

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In elementary school, we have all read books such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Moby Dick. These are timeless classics that many educators believe the average child can relate to. However, this is not true for all children.

Back in November, 11-year old Marley Dias challenged the status quo by starting a book drive to collect 1,000 books featuring women of color as the main character. Dias told her mother that she was tired of reading the books at her elementary school in West Orange, NJ. Dias stated in The Guardian, “I started this because in my fifth-grade class I was only able to read books about white boys and their dogs. I understood that my teacher could connect with those characters, so he asked us to read those books. But I didn’t relate to them, so I didn’t learn the lessons from those stories.”

Her mother, realizing what was happening, challenged Marley to do something about it.

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Marley then set out to collect 1,000 books that featured black girls as the main protagonist. #1000BlackGirlBook soon took off on social media, and Marley began receiving donations from Barnes and Noble and Stacked Books.
On February 10, the young entrepreneur announced on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore that she reached her goal of 1,000 books and would donate some of the books to her elementary school and some to schools in her mother’s homeland, St. Mary, Jamaica.

Although Marley has reached her goal, she will continue to collect books to donate to schools across New Jersey.



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  • Dr Tim Reply

    February 23, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    Jennifer Wright,
    Where is the list of Authors and book titles for Marley Dias’ books that she received? We would LOVE to share this list books and authors with ALL of the students at The Einstein School in Gainesville, Florida.
    Dr Tim

  • Anonymous Reply

    February 29, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Dr. Tim,

    I do not have a list as if this time. I will keep in touch with you if I learn more information about it.

    Jennifer Wright

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