Wicked Women Wednesdays: 1000BlackGirlBooks

There are so many amazing things that are going on in the world right now.. Karlie Kloss is running a coding scholarship in the US for girls, Beyonce and her dancers took a very public political stance at the Super Bowl and Kate Winslet dedicated her BAFTA  to 'All those young women who doubt themselves'.

Yes, these are all amazing things that make me smile from ear to ear, but I felt the most important news of the past week or so had to be that of an 11 year old girl collecting books in a fight for diversity.

 In November last year Marley Dias from New Jersey started the drive #1000BlackGirlBooks. She began it after becoming sick of reading books at her school that she couldn't relate to, and with the support of her mother, she took matters into her own hands.

'I started this because in my fifth-grade class I was only able to read books about white boys and their dogs. I understood that my teacher could connect with those characters, so he asked us to read those books. But I didn't relate to them, so I didn't learn lessons from those storiesMarley Dias, the Guardian.

So she began her search for books featuring girls of colour as the protagonist, aiming to collect 1000 in total. Her plan from there was to donate to her school, St. Cloud Elementary in West Oranfe, and a school in St. Mary, Jamaica, her mothers native country. Marley noted that when she read the books about Black girls, the characters stories were varied, leading to an enriched reading experience.

Marley made waves on social media, with her hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks becoming viral. This resulted in donations from businesses such as Stacked Books. She also appeared on the Ellen Degeneres Show, where she was gifted a laptop and $10,000 check from Shutterfly.

Source: Twitter

On reaching her goal, Dias was invited to the Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore where she discussed the importance of characters in books, explaining,

"When you read a story about a person you connect with—like, well, you host a TV show, so if you were to read a book about a black man who hosts a TV show, you would remember whatever he learned and use it on the show."

Marley plans to continue collecting books to donate to schools around New Jersey.

Are you a woman who is making a change? Do you think there's someone who deserves recognition? Hit me up guys, all I ever want to do is promote positivity and growth.

As Ever,

D x
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