Marley Dias was fed up.
Her teacher had just assigned yet another book that didn’t feature any black girls like her. Now, over a plate of pancakes at a local diner, she was complaining to her mom that having so little in common with the characters made it difficult to learn from their stories.
To that, her mom simply replied: “What are you going to do about it?”
Accepting the challenge, Marley decided to collect 1,000 books featuring black girls and donate them to schools. She started the project by posting a picture of herself reading Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry online, using the hashtag #1000blackgirlbooks. “I knew that social media was the best way to reach people all over the world,” she says.