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New York School District Pays 11-Year-Old Black Girl $6,500 For Keynote Speech

A New York school district paid $6,500 plus expenses to 11-year-old child advocate, Marley Dias, for serving as keynote speaker for staff and hosting a student workshop last week. The Poughkeepsie City School District hired Dias to speak during the superintendent’s conference day last Tuesday.

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Dias, a girl from West Orange, New Jersey, created the popular #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign to draw attention to the lack of racial diversity in children’s literature.

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She gave an hour-long speech to staff before leading an hour and a half-long workshop for 50 students.

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Superintendent Nicole Williams said at Wednesday’s meeting that Dias’ resume is “tremendous” and the district shouldn’t discriminate because she’s 11 years old.

Dias was paid through funding from a federal education program

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Source: The Poughkeepsie Journal

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