A teenager got the opportunity to speak in front of the entire country at the Democratic National Convention. Marley Dias is a 15-year-old activist from New Jersey. She founded #1000BlackGirlBooks when she was 10 in 2015. The goal was to drive attention to the lack of diversity in children’s books and to donate books to kids in need. The idea stemmed after being frustrated that she wasn’t reading books in school featuring Black main characters. Inside Edition Digital’s Leigh Scheps has more.

Dias was born on January 3, 2005, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in New Jersey. She began her #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign when she was in the sixth grade. Of Jamaican and Cape Verdean descent, she was named after reggae legend and activist Bob Marley.

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