Now 12 years old, Marley has written the book she felt was missing from her school: a story about a black girl by a black girl.
“Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!” is being published by Scholastic Inc. and will be released Jan. 30. Marley said she wanted to use her own experience in activism to show anyone can make positive changes in their communities despite their age.
“I’ve always wanted to be an author,” Marley said in a recent interview as she ate two California rolls. “I don’t really like my creative writing and I didn’t want to write a memoir because I’m like 12. Why write a memoir when you’re 12?”
One chapter, “The Activist’s Toolbox,” is a blueprint for young people seeking to make social change. Another, titled “Herstory,” touches on her book drive, which has now collected more than 10,000 books.
Original Source: The Wall Street Journal
Author: Zolan Kanno-Youngs
Date: Updated Nov. 13, 2017 6:16 p.m. ET