Forbes magazine has unveiled its 2018 ranking of under 30 entrepreneurs. Among them is Marley Dias, a 12-year-old African American. Author and activist, she created a platform to overcome the lack of representation of black heroines in American literature.

Barely 12 years old, the young African-American native of Philadelphia Marley Dias is about to enter the annals. It is the youngest to feature in Forbes’ prestigious “Under 30” (Under 30) 2018 standings. Each year, the magazine publishes a list of the best entrepreneurs who dedicate themselves body and soul to support a cause that is dear to them. “The ambition and investment are reflected in our 2018 edition of the Forbes Under 30, which awards 600 young talents in 20 different fields,” says the magazine on its website.

Marley Dias, Age 12, Youngest Entrepreneur In Forbes 2018

When she was in fifth grade, literature enthusiast Marley Dias was indignant at the novels she was offered to read in class because they only told stories of white and male heroes. “In class, I could only read books about white boys and their dogs, and I understood that my teacher could identify with these characters, so he asked us to read those books, but I did not felt connected to them, so I did not learn the lessons from these stories, “she toldGuardian in February 2016.

As the 12-year-old founder of #1000blackgirlbooks, Dias has, to-date, collected over 10,000 books featuring black female protagonists, and her own book will be published in 2018. Her work has led her many places, including the White House, where she spoke at the United State of Women Summit alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey. Congrats to this talented young lady! #black #blackpower #blackwomen #blackhistorymonth #blackart #buyblack #blackgirls #blackwoman #blackmagic #blackman #blackqueen #blackowned #blackbusiness #blackpride #supportblackbusiness #buyblackowned #supportblackartist #supportblackwomen #supportblackbiz #supportblackbusinessess #buyblackeconomics #blackbusinessman #supportblackbuisness #blackbusinesschallenge #blackbusinessmonth

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When your celebrating a weekend of giving back 500 books🙂 Thank you for all of the support 💟 #1000blackgirlbooks

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More than 10,000 books available on the platform founded by Marley Dias
To remedy this, Marley Dias launched a crowdfunding campaign to found 100BlackGirlBooks, a platform that collects books that feature black heroines. The campaign is a real success: today, more than 10 000 books are available on the platform. Marley Dias even published her first book entitled “Marley Dias Gets It Done – And So Can You” (“Marley Dias did it – you can too”)

In her book, the girl recounts her incredible journey and gives a lot of details on how she went about creating 100BlackGirlBooks. She encourages all young people of her generation to fight for causes that are important to them. “Black girls in the United States need to identify themselves by reading stories that reflect experiences that are closer to what they live themselves, and to characters that look like their own friends,” he said. Refinery29 Janice Dias, Marley’s mom, who helped her daughter to found 100BlackGirlBooks.


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