Celebrating Black History Month: Dr. Gloria Scott

After over 100 years, Girl Scouts has a record of noble leadership of African-American women within the Movement. Dr. Gloria Scott is one of those women. Let’s learn a bit about her:
From the Girl Scout Blog:
drgloriascottDr. Gloria Dean Randle Scott is no stranger to making history. In 1961, she started teaching biology at Marion College, becoming the first African American instructor at a predominately white institution in Indianapolis, Indiana.
During her time at Marion and beyond, Dr. Scott displayed exactly the type of courage and leadership it takes to lead a movement. Her love of Girl Scouting blossomed through her involvement as a Girl Scout Junior in Troop #155, and in spite of the segregation her troop experienced, she learned unique leadership skills that would later propel her into her larger leadership roles. Scott served as the president of the Negro Girl Scout Senior Planning Board in the 1950s, and in 1975, she made history yet again by becoming the first black national president of Girl Scouts of the USA. During the last year of her presidency in 1978, the Girl Scout Trefoil was redesigned to highlight the great diversity of our movement.
Today, we honor Dr. Gloria Dean Randle Scott, whose leadership has continued to inspire generations of Girl Scouts.

Dr. Gloria Scott with GSCM CEO Violet M. Apple before the 2014 Annual Meeting. 

In 2014, GSCM was lucky enough to have Dr. Scott pay us a visit and join us as our keynote speaker at our Annual Meeting. Throughout the day, Dr. Scott’s stories and wisdom inspired our staff and volunteers to continue their commitments to the movement. Take a look at some of the photos from this inspiring day below!





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