Eleven-Year Old From New Jersey Creates An Awesome Book Drive For A Good Cause
At 11 years old, Philadelphia native Marley Dias is an inspiration. As a young woman of color growing up in a mostly white New Jersey suburb, Dias became frustrated with the lack of books reflecting minority - specifically black female - characters. "I told her I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," Dias said, explaining how she told her mother about the problem. "'What are you going to do about it?’ [my mom] asked. And 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.” So, Dias decided to do something about it.
Dias has a goal of collecting 1,000 books by February 1st, and hopes more people donate. ”I’m hoping to show that other girls can do this as well," Dias told PhillyVoice. "I used the resources I was given, and I want people to pass that down and use the things they’re given to create more social action projects -- and do it just for fun, and not make it feel like a chore.”
So Far, Dias Has Collected Over 400 Books
Janice, Dias’s mother, is no stranger to charity. Along with The Roots’ Tariq Trotter, Janice co-founded the GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp for underprivileged girls in Philadelphia. So, it looks like taking action is a family affair!