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Join Us in Celebrating Black History Month


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Girl Scouts has a long history of being inclusive and serving as a platform for all girls’ voices, regardless of their background. So, it’s not surprising that the first African American Girl Scout troop was founded in 1917—just five years after our inception. This February, in honor of Black History Month, join us as we celebrate all girls as well as historical G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ hard-hitters who inspired true leadership and courage.

These are just a few of the amazing African-American women in history.  We urge your troop to learn more! 

 

Dorothy Vaughn


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Dorothy Vaughn was the real life go-getter behind "Hidden Figures."  She was one of the first African American women hired by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which is now National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and was responsible for calculating computations for engineers to help them improve space flight accuracy.   Read more...

 

Admiral Michelle J. Howard


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Admiral Michelle J. Howard has served in the United States Navy since 1982, and is the first woman to be promoted to four-star admiral.  Read more...

 

Josephine Holloway


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Josephine Holloway was one of Girl Scouts' first African American troop leaders.  She developed her passion for serving girls while working at Nashville's Bethlehem Center, a shelter for at-risk women and children.   After much perserverance, she started the region's first African American Girl Scout troop in 1942 - eventually being hired by Girl Scouts of the USA as a field advisor until her retirement in 1963.  Read more...

 

Dr. Gloria Dean Randle Scott


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Dr. Gloria Dean Randle Scott was the first African American National President of Girl Scouts of the USA, and her leadership has continued to inspire generations of Girl Scouts.  Read more..