Black parents, whether they are homeschooling their children or not must teach their sons and daughters that it’s never too early to set goals and accomplish them beyond imagination.
Marley Dias (pictured), 11, is an amazing young black girl who has proven this reality magnificently. With the guidance of a great household structure and inspiration from some high-profile mentors, Dias has launched a publication called “Marley’s Mag,” a magazine that will be geared toward young black girls.
This brand new publication is under the management of ELLE, a fashion and culture magazine conglomerate. This is a huge accomplishment for Dias. However, this is not her first rodeo when it comes to organizing major things. About a year ago, Dias launched a social media campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks.
Her passion for literacy helped make #1000BlackGirlBooks a major viral success. Dias eventually caught the eye of people like comedian Larry Wilmore who put her in the direction of managing editors at ELLE. Dias wrote a letter sharing the details about her new magazine project. The letter was recently published on ELLE.com.
“A year ago, I wanted to collect #1000BlackGirlBooks, but I see now that there is so much more to do and so much more to this journey. I want to use what I’ve learned to elevate the voices of all those who have been ignored and left out. This experience at ELLE has given me a preview into my future and shown me what is possible. So even though I am still very nervous, I hope you will enjoy what this amazing team of women and I have put together,” Dias wrote.
The young, budding publishing maven has already interviewed ballet star Misty Copeland and A-list film director Ava DuVernay for the first issue of her magazine. Dias calls these women two of her biggest idols.
“This issue is about women and girls who have left their imprint on the world. Some of them have charted new courses. Some have expanded the way we see the world and what we think is possible. And all the women (and man! Hi, Larry Wilmore!) in Marley Mag are people who have inspired me,” Dias also wrote.