Black PR Wire Power Profiler on Marley Dias
Marley Dias is a teenage powerhouse, activist and feminist. She launched a social media campaign entitled #1000BlackGirlBooks in November 2015, when she was in sixth grade, with the goal to collect 1,000 books to donate for black girls. Dias’ book drive focuses specifically on books in which black girls are the main characters. In just a few months, more than 9,000 books were collected. Many of these books have been sent to a children’s book drive in Jamaica. The campaign also called public attention to the lack of diversity in children’s literature.
Dias was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey. When she was age 11, she complained to her mother that all of her mandatory reading was books about white boys and dogs. After talking to her mother, Dias decided to start a book drive, #1000BlackGirlBooks, bringing more attention to literature featuring black female protagonists.
In 2017, Dias won Smithsonian Magazine’s American Ingenuity Award in the Youth category. Dias’ project has been popular all over the world and she has now written and published her own book, Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! Dias wants to show the children all over the world that their wishes or dreams can come true. Marley Dias appeared on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and as co-host of the Girls Can Do program. She interviewed people like Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay for Elle.com. She has become the website’s youngest editor.