Telling Our Story
African Americans have contributed to the mission and meaning of the Girl Scout Movement, soon after that moment in 1912 that our Founder, Juliette Gordon Low declared Girl Scouts to be "Something for the girls of America and all the world."
African American History Month is a celebration of the profound struggle undertaken by African Americans to make the promise of equality a fact in the lives of every citizen. Let us also rejoice in the fact that today, more than 300,000 African American girls embrace the values and promise of Girl Scouting.
And that's just the beginning. Our work with these organizations and others, including The United Negro College Fund, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., and others, produces results. These partnerships have made our Movement richer by 1,400 new volunteers and scores of new Girl Scouts, each following Juliette Low's advice, "To do a good turn to someone every day, that is, to be a giver."
"Life's most persistent question and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., placed this question before the collective conscience of our nation over forty years ago; the passage of time has not diminished its importance. Let us answer his question and call for leadership by dedicating ourselves each day, to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make our world a better place.