To honor Scout Sunday, I have found some information about scouting as it relates to Black History.
The Girl Scouts of America had the first troop for African America girls formed in 1917. By the 1950’s, the Girl Scouts of America began an effort to desegregate all troops. Even Martin Luther King, Jr gave a shout out to Girl Scouts by describing the organization as a “force for desegregation.”
Some Famous Girl Scouts:
Mae Jemison, the First African American woman in space. I remember Sleeping Beauty used to keep a picture of “My Mae” on her wall for inspiration.
Susan L. Taylor, former editor for Essence Magazine. Excellent resource for women of color
Jackie Joyner Kersee. I note her because despite having asthma, she still managed to be an Olympic Medallist.
Unfortunately, the Boy Scouts were not as quick to embrace desegregation. It wasn’t until the 1940’s that integrated troops were formed. I used to equate Boy Scouts with helping older people across the streets and collecting canned goods. Now it means seeing the Mister play Dodge ball (not a pretty sight) and the Boy (sometimes) more conscious of his actions.
Some famous Boy Scouts:
Guion Guy” Bluford the first African American astronaut(and I remember the big deal when he made it into space!), made it to the coveted Eagle Scout.
Richard Roundtree. Now I know where he got the moves to be Shaft (a bad mother shut your mouth).