Black [Her]story – Marley Dias & 1000BlackGirlBooks

Simply Shakirah


(photo credit: Dr. Janice Johnson Dias)

As children, our sense of identity and self confidence is influenced by our role models, or lack thereof. 11 year old Marley Dias was aware of this, and took steps to rectify that in her school. A student at St. Cloud elementary school in West Orange, NJ, Marley was tired of reading books about what she described as “white boys and their dogs”. With the help of her mother, community organizer Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, the cofounder of , Marley created 1000 Black Girl Books, an initiative searching for 1,000 books featuring Black girls. The initiative was wildly successful, and Marley donated them to St. Cloud and Retreat Primary and Junior School and Library in the parish of St. Mary, Jamaica where her mother grew up.

11 years old, and already being the change that wanted to see in her world. There is nothing…

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  1. I was Marley interviewed on TV (I can’t remember the show). What a spunky, bright kid. She’s going to go far 🙂

  2. I haven’t had the privilege of seeing her interview yet, but I can imagine her spunkiness.

  3. Your post has direct relevance for me. The children in my life (children I love dearly) all happen to be black. Though I am an avid reader, it has not been easy for me to find books for them, over the years. This is not and should not be a wholly “white bread” world. Boys and girls of color deserve to see themselves in it. Thank you.

    1. I totally agree with you. I’ve always liked to read but as a young adult, when I found African American literature, it changed my entire world. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

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