MARLEY DIAS

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When she was in 6th grade, in 2015, Marley launched the hashtag #1000blackgirlbooks after being inspired by Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming.

“A world where modern black girls were the main characters — not invisible, not just the sidekick,” Marley writes. “A world where black girls were free to be complicated, honest, human; to have adventures and emotions unique just to them. A world where black girls’ stories mattered.”

When her mother asked her, “if you could change one thing, what would it be?” Marley’s answer to was that she wanted kids to read more books where black girls were the protagonist. 

“That definitely was not the world I was experiencing in real life in then-fifth grade,” Marley writes. “In my class — in all fifth-grade classes — we were required to read ‘classics,’ books like ‘Shiloh,’ which is about a white boy and the dog he rescues. And ‘Old Yeller,’ which is about a white boy and the dog that rescues him. And ‘Where the Red Fern Grows,’ which is about a white boy and the two dogs he trains.”

Marley started the hashtag #1000blackgirlbooks with the intent to collect 1000 books with black girl protagonists - not the best friend, or the background characters - the main event. With the help of her best friends Briana and Amina, Marley has collected over 10,000 books to send to a book drive in Jamaica.

At the age of 12, Marley was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 and her own book - Marley Dias Gets It Done (And So Can You!) - came out just last month. She spoke at the United State of Women Summit at the White House alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, and has interviewed inspirational women such as Misty Copeland and Ava DuVerney for elle.com

Clearly, Marley Dias is a Boss Ass Bitch!

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