1000 Black Girl Books


Eleven-year-old, Marley Dias has launched the 1000 Black Girl Books campaign.  Frustrated and disappointed with her school curriculum, which mostly includes books about white boys and dogs, Marley is raising awareness to the lack of books with main characters who are girls of color, particularly black girls like her.  Not that there aren’t books published with strong, brilliant, and accurate representations of girls of color, but school curricula doesn’t make room for these voices to be heard.

Marley is asking for book and cash donations to collect 1000 books featuring Black girls as main characters. She will travel with her mother’s GrassROOTS Community Foundation to Jamaica, where Marley’s mother was raised, to donate the books to build a stronger library collection at Retreat Primary and Junior School and Library in the parish of St. Mary.

Let’s get the word out to support Marley’s project.

Send books by February 1st to:
GrassROOTS Community Foundation
59 Main Street, Suite 323, West Orange, NJ 07052

Books of any age are welcomed. You may also donate for the purchase of books.  Suggested donation: $10.