12-YEAR-OLD MARLEY DIAS WANTS TO CURB RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN NEW BOOK.
If there was ever a time to use the biblical proverb "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it", it is now!
Frankly speaking, when you were that age, you know all that bothered you was gifts, money, new shoes, clothes and bags for school. But Marley Dias is only twelve and already motivating the world at large by tapping into a racial concern that bothers on black people and writing books to aid the movement.
Marley launched #1000BlackGirlBooks with the help of the Philadelphia-based GrassROOTS Community Foundation Super Camp, which was founded by Marley’s mother, Janice, along with the Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. In total, Marley donated 1,000 books to Retreat School in the Parish of Saint Mary, Jamaica, where her mother grew up, as well as the Henry C. Lea School in Philadelphia, Speedway Academies in Newark, N.J., Renzuli Academy in Connecticut and St. Cloud Elementary in West Orange, N.J.
Succeeding in the birth of this noble idea, Marley has been everywhere, from doing a stint as an editor for Elle.com that included her own mini zine Marley Mag to public speaking engagements and being honored at BET’s Black Girls Rock! with a MAD (Making a Difference) Award. In the book which is to be published in spring 2018 by Scholastic Press with a proposed audience targeted of kids 10 years old and above, Marley will tell how she’s turned her passion into a literacy crusade that has captured the attention of the media, policymakers and young people throughout the world. It will explore social justice, volunteerism, activism and using social media for good.
“Through her smarts and ingenuity, she’s delivered a jolt of inspiration that’s sent an unstoppable shock wave to kids everywhere who’ve stood up with Marley to shout ‘Yes!’ to the power of positive action. In this book, Marley will share her dynamic wisdom with readers everywhere. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the Scholastic family,” said Andrea Davis Pinkney, vice president and executive editor of Scholastic.
The book idea which was born out of the frustration Marley experienced at not being able to relate to any books given at school, encouraged her to set out on a mission to change the publishing industry with pro black books. Kudos to her for setting out to achieve this great feat. Likewise, there are lots of other children who are sick and tired of being victims of racial segregation and discrimination in their immediate communities and the nation at large, who have either fully formed ideas or thoughts that can be transformed to provide solution to such problems. Bottom line? Special Centers in collaboration with companies that have grants and or loan capacities, should take children with such intentions under their umbrella and help push them towards the peak of their creativity and in turn help make the world a more habitable place one idea after another.