12-Year-Old Marley Dias Wants to Teach Kids Activism With New Book

Last year, when she was just 11 years old, Philadelphia native Marley Dias made it her mission to hold a book drive featuring books in which black girls were the main characters.

Marley launched #1000BlackGirlBooks with the help of the Philadelphia-based GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp, which was founded by Marley’s mother, Janice, along with the Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. In total, Marley donated 1,000 books to Retreat School in the Parish of Saint Mary, Jamaica, where her mother grew up, as well as the Henry C. Lea School in Philadelphia, Speedway Academies in Newark, N.J., Renzuli Academy in Connecticut and St. Cloud Elementary in West Orange, N.J.

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