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.