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Girl Scouts Reflect on Martin Luther King Jr., Day

On Monday, January 16th, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who embodied the ideals of courage, confidence and character to which we as Girl Scouts are committed. His heroic embrace of brotherhood, sisterhood and forgiveness in an angry, fearful and divided time was an inspiration and a beacon of hope to millions, and helped save a troubled nation from calamity. He truly made the world a better place for all.

More than fifty years ago, Dr. King singled out the Girl Scout Movement as “a force for desegregation.”  We are still a powerful force for equality and positive change as we develop the leadership skills of nearly two and a half million girls from every race and every walk of life. Our girls teach people to read, clothe and comfort the homeless, establish medical clinics, found libraries, and much more. Through their individual acts of compassionate public service, they continue Dr. King’s work of transforming our world.

Girl Scouts – Leading the Way for 100 Years

  • The first Girl Scout troop for African American girls was formed in 1917.  
  • By the 1950s, GSUSA had begun significant national efforts to desegregate Girl Scout troops and camps.  
  • In 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. lauded the Girl Scouts as a “force for desegregation.” 
  • In 1969, the Girl Scouts launched a nationwide project to help support civil rights and fight against prejudice.   
  • Gloria D. Scott, an African American, was elected National President of the Girl Scouts in 1975.
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