Twelve-year-old Marley Dias founder of campaign #1000blackgirlsbook is the youngest person in history to make the 30 under 30 Forbes list. Dias who is outspoken and passionate about equality of sexes and race is an African-American activist and feminist.
She launched the campaign in November 2015, when she was in sixth grade after realizing that so many of her books featured “white boys and dogs”. The goal was to collect and donate 1,000 books that feature black girls as the main character.
“I had a lot of choices about how I was going to address this problem. Option 1: Focus on me, get myself more books; have my dad take me to Barnes and Noble and just be done, live my perfect life in suburban New Jersey. Option 2: Find some authors, beg them to write more black girl books so I’d have some of my own, special editions, treat myself a bit. “Or, option 3: Start a campaign that collect books with black girls as the main characters, donate them to communities, develop a resource guide to find those books, talk to educators and legislators about how to increase the pipeline of diverse books, and lastly, write my own book, so that I can see black girl books collected and I can see my story reflected in the books I have to read” she said.
She currently has over 10,000 books which feature black female protagonists and has also published her own book titled Marley Dias Get It Done: And So Can You which was #1 best-seller on Amazon.
In 2016, she was paid $6500 plus expenses to be the keynote speaker at a school event. Her work has led her to many places like the White House, where she spoke at the United State’s Women Summit alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.