Celebrating Black History Month

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Black History is American History, period. During this Black History Month, let’s explore and reflect on Black women who made great strides in Girl Scouting, including:

Josephine Holloway (pictured left):

Holloway worked diligently to offer Girl Scout–inspired programming to girls at Nashville’s Bethlehem Center, a shelter for at-risk women and children, in 1924. The program was a success and she attempted to form an official Girl Scout troop for black girls in 1933, but the Nashville Girl Scout council denied her request. This did not deter Holloway, and in 1942, she established the region’s first black Girl Scout troop, which made her a leader and innovator of her time.

Ethel G. Garvey (pictured center):

Served as President of the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital from 1972 to 1978; making her the first black president of any Girl Scout Council. She started her time at Girl Scouts as leader of a Brownie troop in the 1940’s and spent over 45 years as a volunteer! The Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital highest award for girls is named in her honor, and is awarded to girls who demonstrate leadership and help bring unity to the Council.

Dr. Gloria Scott (pictured right):

Before taking on the role of President of GSUSA, she began her time with Girl Scouts as a Junior in a segregated troop. Later she attended Indiana University and was the first African-American to receive a degree in Zoology. She returned to school and received her PhD in education. In the 1960’s, she was a board member and she worked to increase diversity in Girl Scouts, including national leadership. In 1975, she became the first black President of the Girl Scouts of the USA. During her tenure, she was committed to diversity in the Girl Scout Movement.

Talk to your troop about what they are learning in school during Black History Month and invite them to dig even further into Black history, they can start with the women mentioned in this post! This is a time to remind ourselves that diversity and inclusion are what makes Girl Scouts a premier leadership organization for all girls.

2 Comments to “Celebrating Black History Month”

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share with us the stories of these outstanding Black Leaders in Girl Scouting and the legacies that they left to us.

  2. Yes, Thank you Jenna for sharing. I am going to share this with my girls today at our “Celebrate A Sisterhood of Leaders Tea Party!

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