NJ girl, 11, paid $6500 for speech

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York school district paid an 11-year-old child advocate $6,500 plus expenses for serving as keynote speaker for staff and hosting a student workshop last week.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the Poughkeepsie City School District hired Marley Dias to speak during the superintendent's conference day last Tuesday.

The board voted 3-1 to retroactively approve Dias' consultant agreement at its Nov. 9 meeting.

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

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

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