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Honoring Josephine Holloway during Black History Month

Josephine Holloway, a champion of diversity, was one of the first Black Girl Scout troop leaders.

Josephine dreamed of bringing the Girl Scout programming to girls at a local women’s shelter in Nashville, Tennessee, and in 1924, she fought for the opportunity to do just that. By the end of the year, more than 300 girls there were engaged in Girl Scout-inspired activities.

Nearly 10 years later in 1933 when Blacks and other minorities in our country still faced staunch racism, Josephine made her first attempt to form an official troop for Black girls, but her request was initially denied. The local council declined, citing the high cost of maintaining separate facilities for Blacks. Nevertheless, Josephine pressed on, and in 1942, after much perseverance, the region’s first Black Girl Scout troop was established. At this time, segregation and oppression was commonplace.

Learn more about Josephine Holloway and her vision, courage, and passion for bringing Girl Scouting to all girls here.

You and your girls can also complete the following  activity to honor Josephine’s legacy and celebrate Black History Month.

Josephine Holloway SWAPS

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Celebrate Black History Month

Black history, achievements, and contributions to society should be celebrated every day, yet throughout history these have been overlooked or misrepresented. The designation of February as Black History Month aims to illuminate and celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and the impacts they have on shaping our culture and society.

In honor of Black History Month, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee compiled a list of resources that focus on supporting and celebrating Black History in Colorado in February and beyond.

Events Celebrating Black History Month

Learn through creativity! Register for a selection of workshops (in-person or virtual) facilitated by Black business owners. These workshops are great for families.

Celebrate Black Stories

“Black Women Who Made History,” a community project by Girl Scout Troop 70179 of Boulder: https://sites.google.com/bvsd.org/women-who-made-history/home

What does Black History Month mean to kids? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lzt3gFgYVYk

Learn about Josephine Holloway, the first Black Girl Scout troop leader: https://gsmidtn.org/about-us/josephine-holloway/

Meet Olivia J. Hooker, the first Black woman in the Coast Guard: https://storycorps.org/stories/olivia-j-hooker-pioneer-and-first-black-woman-in-the-coast-guard/

There is a growing movement to locate places in Colorado where historic events happened, but were never recorded: https://www.cpr.org/2020/08/30/colorado-history-african-american-lgbtq-women-suffrage/

Learn about the story of Colorado’s historic all Black settlement: https://www.5280.com/2020/06/dearfield-the-story-of-colorados-historic-all-black-settlement/

Support Black Owned Businesses and Artists

The Black American West Museum and Heritage Center promotes an understanding of the role that African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the western Untied States through its collections, programs, and exhibits. GSCO Customer Care Specialist Eleise Clark-Gunnells is a board member, docent, reenactor, and long-time advocate for the museum: https://www.bawmhc.org/

One of Colorado’s newest Black-owned business is Tattered Covered Bookstore. Check out some of their events: https://www.tatteredcover.com/event

Speaking of bookstores, are you searching for something new to read? Check out this list of books by Black, Brown, and Indigenous authors: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/134693.Best_Books_Written_by_BIPOC_Authors

Want to start supporting local Black-owned businesses, but aren’t sure where to start? Follow these links to discover businesses in your area, as well as Denver and Colorado Springs:

Additional Resources

Regan Byrd is a Denver-based diversity trainer and organizer. She offers online trainings for anyone who is interested in exploring more about equity. https://www.reganbyrdconsulting.com/events

The Colorado Diversity Council is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations and employees to grow and leverage their knowledge of diversity. http://www.coloradodiversitycouncil.org/events/

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: “Black Women Who Made History” Coloring Book

As part of their project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Cadettes Maddie A. and Sophie J. from Troop 70179 in Boulder created a coloring book to celebrate the stories of ten Black women! In honor of Black History Month, they’ll be distributing more than 2,000 FREE copies of “Black Women Who Made History” to schools and businesses, and it is also available on their website to download. In addition to the coloring book, their website also features videos of girls from their community reading the stories of the women featured in the coloring book. “We have witnessed people around our community racially profiling and it is not okay. Our friends have taken the time to educate us about their experiences and we hope to educate others. We believe that through education we can make the stories of these women into everyday knowledge and broaden the narrative. The stories of these historic women deserve to be everyday knowledge,” the girls wrote about their project.

The Silver Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. This project started as two girls doing their Silver Award project, but it turned into a community project because we had the support and help from so many like YOAB, Boulder NAACP, BVSD, our friends, our graphic designer Hannah Tuell, Lexmark who printed free copies, and a local Black woman-owned printing company, Creative Solutions.

On Monday, February 8, 2021, the girls were interviewed about their project by Reporter Amy Bounds of the Daily Camera. You can read the article here. The girls were also interviewed by Reporter Ashley Michels for a story on Channel2 Daybreak on Thursday, February 18. You can watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Longmont Girl Scouts and Community Cinema Partner for Black History Month

 

Community Cinemas (CommCi) and Girl Scout Troop 3010 from Longmont have announced a partnership for Black History Month. Each Friday in February, CommCi, a new youth-led nonprofit in Longmont, will present a series of drive-in movies that offer a safe opportunity to build community, and support local industry.

Girl Scout Troop 3010 will offer the ability for patrons to order Girl Scout Cookies for delivery to the vehicle. Proceeds from the ticket sales will support the County Collective, El Comite, CIRC, and various other local nonprofits.

Girl Scout Troop 3010 is made up of 18 Cadettes from sixth – eighth grades from a variety of local schools. The girls are currently working on the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Cadette can achieve. The girls will dedicate at least 50 hours on a project that addresses a problem and supports local organizations. Silver Award teams are working with Veteran’s Puppy For Life, Medicine Horse, Yola’s Pet Rescue, Attention Homes, Little Libraries, and creating women’s empowerment patch for Girl Scouts.

The series will feature “Blazing Saddles” on February 5; a double feature Girl Power evening with “The Princess and the Frog” followed by “Hidden Figures” on February 12; “Moana” on February 19; and “Black Panther” on February 26. CommCi provides a fun and safe environment for communities to come together while supporting local restaurants, nonprofits, and providing a fun learning environment.

CommCi is an all-in-one dinner with a movie pop up, providing the community a safe way to come together. Partnering nonprofits will receive 10% of the day’s revenue, in an effort to support their mission.

Tickets are $31/per car and includes warming mechanisms. Patrons also have the option to purchase full meals via restaurant vendors (Georgia Boys BBQ and La Vita Bella), snacks, and beverages are also available for purchase. For the month of February, patrons can receive Girl Scout Cookies delivered to their vehicle as well.

CommCi was created by the Youth Leaders of the County Collective with program launch support from Persona, Inc and fiscal sponsor, Longmont Community Foundation. Boulder County Collective is a youth lead non-profit. Dedicated to Empowerment through Equity. Longmont Community Foundation is a tax- exempt public charity created by and for the people of a particular region (in this case Longmont and the St. Vrain Valley). Their mission Improving life in the St. Vrain Valley through philanthropy and charitable leadership. Persona Group (P.G) is a full-service brand, digital, and event consulting agency.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Black History Month: A Celebration of #BlackGirlMagic

From Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)

To honor Black History Month this year, we’re celebrating the next generation of world-changers who are out there making history right now, embodying Black Girl Magic across the country!

While it’s important to recognize all year long the incredible talent, power, beauty, and resilience of Black women and girls everywhere—Black Girl Magic—February offers a special time to lift up the many important moments in history that have Black leaders at the center. Throughout the month, we’ll shine an extra bright spotlight on the voices and stories of Black girls who are making change—and history—across the Girl Scout Movement.

From taking civic action for social change, to expanding access to clean air and water, to championing STEM education for marginalized populations, to addressing food insecurity, there’s no limit to what Girl Scouts can do—because they show us just that. Below are a few examples of Girl Scouts who are impacting their corner of the world in major ways to create a better place for us all.

Let’s dive in and get inspired to shake things up—Girl Scout style. 

Libby and Charlotte

 

For their Girl Scout Silver Award and inspired by Little Free Diverse Libraries, Girl Scout Cadettes Libby and Charlotte built a little diverse library in their town and stocked it with books written by and about people of color. These Girl Scout sisters set up a book donation drive at their local elementary school and also reached out to publishers for contributions. So far they’ve collected over 200 books! Follow Libby’s and Charlotte’s project on Instagram to keep up with the library’s latest additions and get ideas for books to add to your family’s own library hold list! 

Kennedy
For her high school peers, National Gold Award Girl Scout Kennedy built a database of more than 50 groups and organizations that offer service-learning opportunities. She also equipped students at her school with guidance on how to match their interests to organizations that need support. Kennedy’s hard work meant that more service hours were logged per student than before she took action. And there’s more: this go-getting Girl Scout founded the World Changers Service Club, a group of young civic leaders like her who promote the true meaning of service learning and undertake projects to support their communities. Learn more about Kennedy’s Gold Award.

 

Kayla
Girl Scout Kayla believes that with a little effort, we can make a BIG difference for the environment. She earned her Gold Award by raising awareness about waste minimization, which refers to processes that reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous waste that’s generated. Kayla even founded a nonprofit, Earth Savers Rock, and she continues to promote environmental sustainability by providing her social media followers with information and practical tips to help them reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Randi

Girl Scout Ambassador Randi is working to earn her Gold Award via a project she’s titled A Nation’s Guide to Diversity and Inclusion, which helps both kids and adults emphasize diversity and inclusion in everyday life. Randi’s work also supports people in incorporating four interrelated principles of social justice into their lives: equity, access, participation, and human rights. Next up for Randi is hosting virtual forums on these crucial topics. Check out her Social Justice Resource Center and watch her upcoming events page to join the conversation.

Temple
When she was just 9 years old, Girl Scout Cadette Temple launched a website dedicated to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Now 12 and an aspiring astrophysicist, in her words Temple “advocates for girls and minorities to gain exposure to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related fields.” She offers free workshops, classes, and motivational talks to get more youth involved in STEM—and her STEM Girl Swag movement is growing by the week! 
Cydney
Last September, Gold Award Girl Scout Cydney was named Philadelphia’s youth poet laureate. (Whoa.) In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many people were spending a good deal of time indoors, Cydney found she was able to really focus on writing—including for her Gold Award, Project GOOD (Girls Overcome Obstacles Daily), a virtual mentoring space where middle and high school girls can connect, work through issues, and talk about healthy relationships. With her project, Cydney hopes to “let young people know that we have the power to change things.” Get inspired by more of Cydney’s work at Cydtalks.
Kiara

 

National Gold Award Girl Scout Kiara created the Very Hungry Caterpillar Garden in her community, so that she could grow healthy food for distribution through the local food pantry. In her words, “When people who aren’t experiencing food insecurity think about people who are, they may assume that if a person has access to a food bank they’ll be OK. But food banks don’t always offer many fresh food options.” Read more about Kiara’s Gold Award project, which also addressed education and empowerment. 

Let’s keep the celebration going all year! On social media, share examples of Black Girl Magic in your troop, being sure to tag us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or send us a private message. Let’s show the world—over and over again—what #BlackGirlMagic can do!