On February 27th 11-year-old activist Marley Dias will be honored at the 5th Annual 2016 International Pretty Brown Girl Day Celebration with the Dream Big Award at Spelman College. Her frustration with the lack of diversity in the books she was assigned to read at school led her to create the campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks. Her quest: gather 1000 books featuring black girls as main characters. Said Marley, “My parents have taught me the value of reading and self-love through books that have characters that look like me and talk like me. I want to make sure other Black girls around the world can see and love themselves, too, through these books.” We’re so excited that Marley not only met her goal, but exceeded it, collecting almost 1300 books! Some of the books will go to Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica and the rest will be given to New Jersey’s St. Cloud Elementary School.
Pretty Brown Girl was started in 2010 by Sheri Crawley and her husband Corey, the parents of two brown girls, to address the lack of positive image of skin complexion and beauty in mainstream media. Based in Detroit, Michigan, the company launched its first product, Pretty Brown Girl Doll, and has since developed apparel, stationary, gift items, and more. The organization not only offers products, but workshops, events, and even a club for young girls. The Pretty Brown Girl Movement works with other community organizations and is quickly impacting the globe, spreading the message of empowerment and self-confidence to brown girls all over the world.
To learn more about the Pretty Brown Girl Movement, visit www.prettybrowngirl.com.
Congratulations again to Marley Dias on a job VERY well done!
Photo Credit: Andrea C. Mecchi