Black History Month (BHM) is a month where we honor our ancestors and people who sacrificed their lives for us to have a future where we could be free to be recognized and live as human beings. BHM serves as a reminder for us of what happened to our ancestors so history would never repeat itself.
Just like any 5th grader, Marley Dias had book reports and readings assignments for class, but realized the misrepresentation in many of the books accessible. Marley felt there should be more representation of black children, especially black girls in the stories. After growing tired of reading books about white boys and their dogs, eleven-year-old Dias started a book drive. Working along with 2 other friends, their goal was to collect 1,000 books in which black girls are the main characters. She then gave the books away to children in the U.S. and rural Jamaica.
This quote expresses how important representation is in our society. If we want to create a better future, we need to be open to learn and understand the whole truth about our past and present.
“For young black girls in the U.S., context is really important for them – to see themselves and have stories that reflect experiences that are closer to what they have or their friends have.
I’m hoping to show that other girls can do this as well. I used the resources I was given and I want people to pass that down and use the things they’re given to create more social action projects – and do it just for fun, and not make it feel like a chore.”
– Marley Dias
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Watch Marley promote her campaign here.
Generation W.E.E.E. Team
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