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N.Y. District Pays Girl, 11, to Make Keynote Address

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A New York school district paid an 11-year-old $6,500 plus expenses for serving as a keynote speaker for staff and hosting a student workshop.

The Poughkeepsie district hired Marley Dias to speak during the superintendent's conference day this month. Marley created the popular #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to draw attention to the lack of racial diversity in children's literature. She gave an hourlong speech to staff before leading a workshop for 50 students.

Superintendent Nicole Williams said that Marley's résumé is "tremendous," and the district shouldn't discriminate because she's 11 years old.

Vol. 36, Issue 14, Page 5

Published in Print: November 30, 2016, as N.Y. District Pays Girl, 11, to Make Keynote Address
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