MARLEY DIAS is an 11-year-old avid reader from Philadelphia who “grew sick” of books focusing solely on white lead characters.
After speaking with her mum, she decided to launch a book drive, collecting books with black girls at the centre “and not background characters or minor characters”.
So far she’s collected more than 400 books; she has a goal of 1,000 by February. The books collected will be donated to a library in St. Mary, Jamaica, her mother’s homeland.
“I want to be a magazine editor for my own magazine,” she said. “And I’d also like to continue social action. For the rest of my life.”
Marley’s book-collecting initiative is one of her activities with the Philadelphia-based GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp, which was founded by Marley’s mother, Janice, along with the Roots’ Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter.