Posted on: July 30, 2020 Posted by: admin Comments: 0

In 2015, when she was 11, all the books that her fifth-grade class read were centered on white male protagonists. “It was frustrating for me because I knew that there were so many other books out there,” said Dias, who was born in Philly and now lives in West Orange, N.J. “Of course, being an avid reader and having access through my parents in my home library,” she said, she was aware of “the experiences of girls that looked like me — Black girls and others.”