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N.Y. District Pays Girl, 11, to Make Keynote Address
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 5Published in Print: November 30, 2016, as N.Y. District Pays Girl, 11, to Make Keynote Address