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Girl Scouts Celebrate Black History Month

Throughout February, Girl Scouts joins the rest of the nation in celebrating Black History Month. This is an opportunity to recognize perseverance and determination in the face of extreme adversity and oppression. In as much as it is a national celebration, Black History Month is also an opportunity to reflect on our own Girl Scout history, which celebrates 101 years this year.

Girl Scouts can proudly say we have a long history of inclusion and diversity. Our first troop for African American girls was formed in 1917, decades before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. By the 1950s, GSUSA began a national effort to desegregate all Girl Scout troops. Even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described Girl Scouts as “a force for desegregation.”

Black History Month gives us the opportunity to reflect on all the “firsts” accomplished by African American women. For example, in 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to hold an international pilot’s license. In 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American actor to win an Oscar. And Althea Gibson became the first African American to win both Wimbledon and the U.S. National Tennis Championships (now the U.S. Open) in 1957. 

In keeping with our goal of creating the leaders of tomorrow, in this 101st anniversary year we would like to honor the noble leadership of African-American women within the Girl Scout Movement. From our first African-American troop to the first African-American GSUSA President, Dr. Gloria D. Scott, the month of February is a time for us to honor these amazing women and their continued contribution to our mission of creating girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Black History Month Links:

Freedom Sisters Exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis)

Black History Month Activities

Black History Month Crafts for Kids

Black History Month Teacher Resources

Black History Month Printables and Activities

Black History Month Printables

Posted by News GSHS at 12:04 PM


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