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This 11-Year-Old Girl Started A Project Called #1000BlackGirls To Get More Diverse Books In Schools

"If you have something in common with the characters, you'll always remember and learn a lesson from the book."

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Janice Johnson Dias, Marley's mother, told the Philly Voice, “For young black girls in the U.S., context is really important for them—to see themselves and have stories that reflect experiences that are closer to what they have or their friends have."

"When you read a book and you learn something, you always want to have something you can connect with," Marley said. "If you have something in common with the characters, you'll always remember and learn a lesson from the book."