Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, to Give Free, Public Talk

By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden will host Marley Dias, the 11-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, for a free, public presentation from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The engaging talk will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room, located in the Campus Center at 326 Penn Street on the Rutgers–Camden campus. Following the presentation, Dias will answer questions from the audience. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Marley, a West Orange native who is also the creator of Marley Mag for, started #1000BlackGirlBooks in order to draw attention to more children’s books featuring black main characters and make them readily available in classroom libraries. With an initial goal of collecting 1,000 books, Dias has gathered thousands more and is still counting.

The presentation is one of many African American Read-Ins hosted throughout the country in February as part of Black History Month. In addition, Rutgers–Camden faculty are infusing even more African American children’s literature into its innovative Ignite afterschool programs in North Camden schools.

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