This 11-Year-Old Wants To Collect 1,000 Books With Black Female Leads
After noticing the lack of diversity in school-assigned books, 11-year-old Marley Dias started a movement called #1000BlackGirlBooks in an effort to provide young black girls with books they can relate to.
The movement, which launched in November, aims to collect 1,000 books featuring black female protagonists. After the book drive ends, all of the books will be donated to a school in Marley's mother's hometown of St. Mary, Jamaica.
The inspiring fifth grader explained,
My parents have taught me the value of reading and self-love through books that have characters that look like me and talk like me. I want to make sure other black girls around the world can see and love themselves, too, through these books.
The drive runs through February 1, and so far, Marley is halfway to her goal.
See how the movement has taken off below!