Marley was just 11 years old when she launched a book drive in hopes of collecting 1,000 books. But this wasn’t your average book drive, Marley was on a mission to collect books in which Black girls were the main character. She was tired of reading books that lacked diversity so she looked for a way to change that, launching the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign.
With the help of social media Marley surpassed her goal, collecting more than 4,000 books just three months into the campaign. She also gained national attention that landed her on the Ellen Show and at the White House where she was a speaker at the United State of Women Summit.
Recently her campaign has shifted to encouraging school boards to assign books with more diverse main characters for students. According to Marley, students will enjoy books much more when they can see themselves in the characters.
We can’t wait to see Marley inspire attendees at the Summit. Visit the “Nominate A Boss Girl” page to nominate a girl making an impact in your area.