#WeSeeYou: 11-Year-Old Girl Launches International Book Drive #1000BlackGirlBooks

Marley Dias #1000BlackGirlBooks

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UPDATE: As of 2018, Marley Dias was announced to being listed on Forbes 30 under 30 list. She has, to date, collected over 10,000 books with Black female leads and has her own book coming out in 2018 as well. She is the definition of Black Girl Magic.


Think back to when you were in fifth grade. Do you remember reading many books about boys and girls that looked like you? Lived like you? Back in the day, I devoured books in the Sweet Valley High and Babysitter’s Club series, but they never really connected with me. That’s a problem. Today, Marley Dias has turned her fifth grade frustrations into a solution that Black girls all over the world can benefit from.

Dias, an 11-year-old girl from New Jersey, told her mother one night over dinner that she was tired of all the books about “white boys and dogs” she was assigned to read in fifth grade. “She told me what are you gonna do about it, and I told her I should start a book drive,” Dias said in a recent interview on the “WGBO Journal” show.  “I want to start a book drive where Black girls are the main characters and that’s really how it came to be,” Dias said of her vision’s beginnings.