3. As a solution to the lack of diversity and representation in her books at school, the 11-year-old is organizing a book drive to collect children’s books where black girls are the leading characters.
5. 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.”
6. “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.”