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January 24, 2016

I was at work yesterday when my friend Dawn came in and told me I was going to help her with a project. Cool. I love projects. (You may have noticed.) So, I asked what it was and she said it was for the 1000 Black Girl Books drive. And I blinked because I had no idea what this was. So, she explained.

#1000BlackGirlBooks is a book drive started by Marley Dias in conjunction with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation. Marley is, by the way, eleven and thoroughly awesome from what I can see. The #1000BlackGirlBooks was started in response to her dissatisfaction with always reading about white boys and their dogs. She wanted to collect books where black girls were the protagonists, not just the best friends or side characters tossed into the mix. Her goal is to get 1,000 books by February 1.

If you’ve got books you’d like to send books into Marley’s drive you can send them to:
GrassROOTS Community Foundation
59 Main Street
Suite 323
West Orange, NJ 07052

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