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February 20, 2017

Marley Dias, local girl behind #1000BlackGirlBooks, writing activism guide for kids

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Marley Dais activism guide Andrea Cipriani Mecchi/For PhillyVoice

Philadelphia's Marley Dias, launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign in January 2016, advocating getting more books with black female lead characters into the hands of children. Now she is working on a how-to guide about social activism aimed at children and teens.

Marley Dias, the 12 year-old girl behind the wildly successful #1000BlackGirlBooks movement, wants to show other kids how she gets things done.

Dias, a Philadelphia native, has partnered Scholastic Press and is writing a social activism how-to guide for children and teens set to be published next spring.

Scholastic describes Dias’ book as an "accessible 'keep-it-real' guide," which seems to be in line with the tween’s way of thinking that propelled her grassroots book drive into an international project. 

The aim of the book drive was to get more books with black female lead characters into the hands of children. She's collected and donated more than over 8,000 books to-date, far exceeding #1000BlackGirlBooks’ goals.

In her new book, Dias will offer tips on paying it forward, using social media for good and getting media attention to help spread one's message.

Read more at Scholastic.