HAPPY WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH!
Normally, people highlight those who have made contributions in the past, but this time, I'm highlighting women who are making a difference in the present. One girl in particular, goes by the name of Marley Dias
13 year old Marley Dias is a Black-American activist and feminist. She launched a campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks in November 2015, when she was in sixth grade. She was born in Philadelphia and she grew up in New Jersey of Jamaican and Cape Verdean descent. Like most of us girls of color, Marley grew up reading books that didn't have any black female protagonists. She started to complain about this situation to her mom. This talk with her mom led to her starting her book drive to collect more than 1,000 books that feature black female protagonists. Marley has collected more than 9,000 books, and many of those have been sent to Jamaica.
Dias whose project has been popular all over the world, will be an author, and the main character in her own book. Marley wants to show children all over the world that their wishes or dreams can come true. Scholastic Corporation which is global children's publishing company, announced that the book will be released in the spring of 2018. Marley says that writing gives her creative freedom. "When I create a story, I can make it however funny, sad, or happy I want it to be." -Marley
As most may know, part of my writing and self-publishing journey is creating stories for women of color about women of color. When I first read about Marley's campaign, I saw myself in her. A young girl reading books finding myself not being able to relate to many of the female characters who didn't look like me. It's great to see young girls like her taking action and working hard for change.
I admire this girl, and to show my support, I'm donating March book royalties to her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign. You can also donate and learn more by clicking this link: grassrootscommunityfoundation.org