11-year-old Marley Dias was sick of reading books about white boys and their dogs. Specifically Where the Red Fern Grows and the Shiloh series. (Editorial comment: They were reading this shit when I was in school and I’m nearly 53 years old! No wonder the poor kid is sick of it.) When she complained to her mother about it, her mother gave the best reply, “What are you going to do about it?”
Marley decided to hold a book drive. “I told her I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters.”
#1000BlackGirlBooks began it’s drive in November and they already have around 400 books. Marley is looking to collect 1000 books by February 1st. You can send your donation to to 59 Main St., West Orange, N.J., 07052, Office 323.
Marley is working with her mother’s organization GrassROOTS Community Foundation on the drive. On Feb. 11, she’ll travel to her mom’s hometown, St. Mary, Jamaica, to host a book festival and give the books to schools and libraries.
This is not Marley’s first social project. 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.
This 11 year old is making me feel like a slacker!