"I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs."
A New Jersey fifth grader, Marley Dias was unsatisfied with the lack of diversity in the books she was being assigned to read, and she decided to call for a change, starting the #1000BlackGirlBooks movement in November. The project calls for 1,000 books with black girls as main characters — not background or minor characters — to be donated by Feb. 11, when Dias and her fellow student organizers will take the books to her mother’s hometown of St. Mary, Jamaica.
“I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs,” Dias explains in an interview with PhillyVoice.
“My parents have taught me the value of reading and self-love through books that have characters that look like me and talk like me,” she said in a statement. “I want to make sure other Black girls around the world can see and love themselves, too, through these books.”
#1000BlackGirlBooks has reportedly met half of its goal, and will continue collecting books thru Feb. 11. See Dias’ appearance on Good Day Philadelphia below.