August 31, 2020• byAjay
Marley Dias is an American teenage racial justice activist and writer, who first gained popularity when she initiated the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive, a campaign intended to increase diversity in literature, and most recently due to her upcoming TV show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices.
This article is a short attempt to chronicle the rise of Marley Dias, from her early life to the current world fame.
Bio — Age, Birthday, Zodiac Sign
Marley Dias was born on 4 January 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In early-2020, she became a 15-year-old teen.
Having her birthday on January 4, her zodiac sign was Capricorn.
Trivia: Marley graced the pages of Forbes, making her the youngest person to be on the 30 Under 30 List. Likewise, she garnered speaking engagements at the UN and the White House.
Marley Dias Wiki — Parents, Siblings, High School
Marley Dias was born to parents: Scotty Nevers (father) and Dr. Janice Johnson Dias (mother). The teen activist grew up a single child without any siblings.
Marley’s mother, Dr. Dias, was born and grew up in St. Mary, Jamaica. She was named after Bob Marley, a Jamaican reggae singer.
Janice was instrumental in shaping the mind of young Marley. Dr. Janice Johnson Dias was professionally an economic sociologist and also an activist who had founded GrassROOTS, an organization working on the public health of women of the lower-income households.
As for her Scotty, Marley’s father was available on IG operating with the username @socttynevers. On the platform, he shared a Soundcloud link to his sports podcast.
Marley attended St. Cloud Elementary School in West Orange, New Jersey. St. Cloud was also the place where Marley’s activism first started.
As of 2020, Marley Dias was a student at West Orange High School and lived with her parents in New Jersey.
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Marley Dias Height, Weight, Distinct Features
At the age of fifteen, Marley Dias was quite tall with a height of 5 ft 5 inches and a weight of 49 kgs.
Discussing distinct features, Marley was beautiful with distinct features like long hair.
Social Media Reach: IG, Twitter, FB
The first base of Marley’s popularity was social media, especially on Instagram. Her Instagram with the username of @iammarleydias had 496 posts in total, most of them concerning books, activism, her family. And she had the following of over 106 thousand.
On Twitter, she enjoyed the following of 14.2k. She was also present on Facebook and there too she usually came with activism. Moreover, Marley also had her own website marleydias.com, where she posted vlogs and her activism event information.
Marley Dias Net Worth — $200 Thousand
As of 2020, Marley Dias had a net worth of over $200 thousand.
As we have already stated, Marley first started to gain popularity with the #1000BlackGirlBooks. So, what exactly is #1000BlackGirlBooks? Well, it is the campaign to find and popularise children’s books with black female characters.
When she was just 10 years of age, Marley was fed up with having to read the books about white boys over and over again for school. So, she started to find books where the protagonists were black and women. At that time, her intention was to collect 1000 books with black female leads and send the books to school in Jamaica that her mother had attended.
Five years later, Marley had found over 12000 books and become one of the leading young social activists in the world. The tag, #1000BlackGirlBooks, which she had used for her own project started to become a wider phenomenon in social media.
Within those five years, Marley had appeared in TV shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Nightly Show, CBS This Morning. She also shared a stage with Oprah Winfrey and organized a reading party at the White House.
In 2019, she released a book called Marley Dias Gets it Done and So Can You, which was a part autobiography, part call to action for young activists, and part guide for social activists.
Besides interviewing the likes of Misty Copeland and Hillary Clinton, Marley enjoyed her job as the editor of her publication Marley Mag.
In July 2020, Marley penned a political column for elle.com.
About Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices
In Aug 2020, Netflix announced Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices, a live-action reality show aimed at educating and entertaining young children on Black experiences. Marley was the host as well as the executive producer for the show.
Netflix had set the release date of the show to be 1 September 2020. The series was going to have 12 episodes and each episode would feature prominent black artists and athletes, who would read from and talk about different books written by black authors.
Some of the big names to appear on Bookmarks were Caleb McLaughlin, Tiffany Haddish, Lupita Nyong’O. With the success of the BLM movement, the interest for the black-representative literature was high and so the show came about.
Last modified: August 31, 2020