At the end of last year, a movement began to unravel in an 11 year old’s mind. An unbearable disconnection made her speak out and address the issue of the absence of black literature in public schools.
“I was sick and tired of reading about white boys and dogs” stated Marley Dias in an interview.
Aren’t we all Marley.
To address the issue, with help with her mother –Miss Dias pledged to collect 1000 books in which Black girls were the main character by Feb 1st 2016. As of now, she has collected over 1000, with her collection reaching triple the initial goal. She has several plans for the books including starting a small library in Philadelphia, but her main focus is to establish a connection between other black girls in the U.S. and the books they read in a positive way.
Help the movement and donate to Marley’s cause. Send a book over to:
Grass ROOTS Community Foundation
59 Main Street, Suite 323, West Orange, NJ 07052.