WEST ORANGE, NJ — International activist Marley Dias, a freshman at West Orange High School (WOHS), was recently named to “Time” magazine's list of "Top 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018” in addition to being previously named to “Ebony 100's” Power 100 list as a Community Crusader.
Dias, who at 13 years old is the youngest person to be named to the “Most Influential Teens” list, was recognized for her 2015 initiative #1000BlackGirlBooks, which distributes books featuring black female protagonists. According to “Time,” books have been distributed to "more than 11,000 libraries, schools and community organizations around the world."
Last year, Dias partnered with Scholastic Books and released her first book, "Marley Gets It Done: And So Can You.” She is also active in in an organization her mother, Dr. Janice Johnson-Dias, founded called the GrassRoots Community Foundation, which promotes the growth and development of young women in leadership roles.
Marley and her peers involved with the Grass Roots organization, recently had a surprise interaction with Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at "O" magazine headquarters in Manhattan.
Marley told “Time” that her goal is for kids to know that “changing the world should not be something that feels imaginary, but something that you have the power to do today and always.”
According to the article published on the Top 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018, the magazine considers “accolades across numerous fields, global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news” when selecting the 25 teens to recognize. To read what was written about Marley, click here.
Community Crusader noted that Marley has experience as a journalist, editing her own digital magazine for Elle.com, and also appearing on “Elle,” “CBS This Morning” and “Today.” She has also been invited to attend the Forbes Women’s Summit, United Nation’s Girl Up, Inbound, CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion and the Social Innovation Summit.
Read about Marley being named to “Ebony 100's” Power 100 list here.