Inspirational Quotes by Marley Dias

By | June 14, 2016

Innovation comes from, one, acknowledging yourself; two, studying and understanding the problem; and three, finding a solution.

Marley Dias

Dressing in an androgynous way, mixing up the masculine and feminine, blurring those boundaries – I’m cool with that. No one should ever be limited by stereotypes of gender, just as no one should ever be limited by stereotypes of race.

Marley Dias

I am unapologetic about the need for social change, greater inclusion, and equity.

Marley Dias

People say, ‘Dream big!’ – but you have to think about the logistics. It’s not just coming up with a great idea; it’s how you can sell or market or promote that great idea.

Marley Dias

I’ve learned to use big words. Because I’m an avid reader, I can prove myself as a smart and diligent person.

Marley Dias

Black girl stories aren’t just for black girls: they’re for everybody.

Marley Dias

Frustration is fuel that can lead to the development of an innovative and useful idea.

Marley Dias

I don’t want to bring negative energy to myself, and if people feel one way about me, I don’t want that changing how I feel or what I believe.

Marley Dias

Girls of color and young women need to be seen, heard, and valued. Schools can help make this happen by including our stories in the curriculum.

Marley Dias

I’m working to create a space where it feels easy to include and imagine black girls and make black girls like me the main characters of our lives.

Marley Dias

Even though I wear glasses, I’m not just a mousy person who stays in my room – even though I do sometimes stay in my room and read.

Marley Dias

Most girls spend most of their time at school. If real change comes from hearing our voices, it has to start in school, but school is a place where black girls tend to experience microaggressions. Microaggressions are not always obvious, ugly, or terrible things, but they make you feel as though your voice does not matter.

Marley Dias

For kids in 2nd or 3rd grade, I would recommend the ‘Dear America’ series. Most of the stories in the ‘Dear America’ series, if they have black girls, are about them being enslaved, but they escape or do something really adventurous.

Marley Dias

My goal for the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign is to create systemic change across all school systems. I want there to be diverse books that reflect the lives of every person, regardless of whether or not they are in the majority.

Marley Dias

I travel a lot, so I know that it’s important to have people in your life to keep you ground.

Marley Dias

I wasn’t seeing black girls in the books I was assigned to read at my school. I was tired of only reading about white boys and dogs and wanted to collect books featuring black girls.

Marley Dias

When I speak at events, I often wear my dad’s ties and my mom’s earrings. It’s a small, almost secret way of having them with me when I’m up there onstage, talking to a roomful of strangers. It makes me feel safe.

Marley Dias

Anyone can change the world however they want for the better!

Marley Dias

It’s important to read books and see people who look like you. It helps you know that you are not the only one or the weird one because you’re a black girl and you are not seeing anyone who looks like you in these books.

Marley Dias

I am slightly obsessed with beauty products.

Marley Dias

I believe that feminism needs to teach more girls about how to make institutional changes and how to further engage men and boys into being our allies.

Marley Dias

I am purposeful in how I present myself to the world. I want my ideas to be taken seriously, and so I present myself in a way that allows people to see me and listen to what I have to say.

Marley Dias

If I meet someone who’s Native American and I don’t know anything about indigenous people in New Jersey – which I kind of don’t, which is not really good – I can learn more and more about their lives, and that makes me a more open person and a more accepting person.

Marley Dias

I think the biggest thing, where my passionate-ness comes from, is that I love reading, and it is something that I really care about.

Marley Dias

I think the biggest thing is that success is not measured by whether or not you’re on ‘CBS This Morning’ or whether or not you make the local news station.

Marley Dias

If you like reading, you are allowed to like to dance and to like to sing and to like to act.

Marley Dias

It was the desire to see black girls and our experiences in the books that I was given to read at school that forced me to speak my truth. I launched #1000BlackGirlBooks, a book drive to collect the stories of women of color.

Marley Dias

Between school, homework, tests, and play time with my friends, I have worked my butt off to create this space where black girls’ stories are read and celebrated in schools and libraries.

Marley Dias

My passion for books has changed my life.

Marley Dias

As members of society, we should always be pushing our girls to strive to be the best and to speak up and out about issues we see.

Marley Dias

All my friends can probably only name one publishing house, and that is Scholastic; they are everywhere. Scholastic is the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion, and social action.

Marley Dias

I have some friends who love to perform and wish they were getting the attention I am getting. But that doesn’t stop them from supporting me.

Marley Dias

The first black girl book I fell in love with was most likely ‘Please, Puppy, Please’ by Spike Lee and Tonya Lee.

Marley Dias

My health and schoolwork come first. I work hard to get lots of sleep, but I probably work just as hard to spend time with friends.

Marley Dias

When I was really little, I wanted to be our first woman president. I always knew I want to be the kind of grownup who makes people’s lives better. And since that’s pretty much the job of the President of the United States, it seemed like a good idea.

Marley Dias

Hillary Clinton is someone who’s never waited around for someone else to do the hard work. She’s been an organizer and a change-maker for her whole life, practically.

Marley Dias

I have had the same friends for a really long time, and I like them because they like some of the stuff I like, but they are also really different from me.

Marley Dias

It isn’t always simple when America discovers you at 11 years old. Suddenly, it’s not just homework that you’re responsible for. Your name becomes a hashtag, and if you’re lucky, you might even get invited on ‘Ellen.’

Marley Dias

Every time I’ve heard Ava DuVernay speak, I have learned so much.

Marley Dias

I believe activism is the true source of change in the world. Pushing to change social structures in communities that you are a part of is critical for making real lasting change.

Marley Dias

I suggest school buses make stops at local libraries so that children who do not have resources like books at home can get access.

Marley Dias

I love YouTube. You can find me there watching cat videos. I even like to watch other people play video games. I know it’s a bit creepy, but it’s my thing.

Marley Dias

I use Spotify to listen to music when I am taking a shower and when I am doing projects.

Marley Dias

I go to Amazon to browse for things I can then go find at the mall. It’s like window shopping online. I want to touch the things that I buy. I am the kid who still likes actual books, bookstores, and libraries.

Marley Dias

I am slightly obsessed with beauty products.

Marley Dias

When you are reading about a book, you focus on the main character, of course. When you have something in common with them and connect with them, you remember the lessons they learned, and then you can apply them to your life. So you can live the best life you can.

Marley Dias

When I get lost in a book, it’s just, like, magical!

Marley Dias

Like feminism, I want to create systems and structures for the equity for all people, especially girls and women.

Marley Dias

I think it is important to speak your mind. Tolerance of the ignorance sends the wrong message to kids.

Marley Dias

I write every day.

Marley Dias

Social actions means that you find an issue in your community, and you create an initiative to solve that issue or to help people.

Marley Dias

I think writing gives me creative freedom.

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