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This 11-Year-Old Got Paid $6500 For Racial Diversity Speech

By Victor Trammell

This past September, profiled Marley Dias (pictured), an 11-year-old girl who made headlines for her viral social media campaign called #1000BlackGirlBooks.

Dias started this campaign to draw attention to the lack of diversity in mainstream children’s books. ELLE Magazine was captivated by #1000BlackGirlBooks and offered Dias the opportunity of a lifetime. Under ELLE’s management, the studious and well-versed preteen launched her own magazine this year as well.

“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,” Dias wrote in letter that was published this past fall in ELLE Magazine.

“So even though I am still very nervous, I hope you will enjoy what this amazing team of women and I have put together,” she continued. But Dias has not stopped her march toward entrepreneurship and financial success. The future media mogul is honing her skills in another lucrative field.

According to the Mic Media Network Inc., the brainchild of #1000BlackGirlBooks has made a big splash as a public speaker.

“The Poughkeepsie City School District in the state of New York hired Marley Dias to speak for one hour,” read a message on the Mic Media Network’s Facebook page. The young, black female prodigy earned $6,500 dollars for her speaking engagement, which was centered on the need for social diversity.

“She spoke in front of district staff, then hosted a student workshop,” the message also read.

Dias is a shooting star that is definitely poised to do great things in her future. To watch the Facebook video, which broadcasts a brief report of her latest accomplishment please, click here.

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