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Black History Month

The celebration of Black History Month began as "Negro History Week," created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in 1976.

Throughout February, GSNNJ celebrates Black History Month, sharing ways to engage girls in learning more about the history and culture of African American people. During our 2021 celebration, girls participated in our Black History Month Patch Program, learned history from sister Girl Scouts, discovered new authors, and more. Here's a look at the past year's activities: 

Black History Month Patch Program

Learn more about the history and culture of African American people and earn your Black History Month patch. This virtual challenge is recommended for Girl Scouts of all levels. Complete a minimum of two activities from each of the Discover, Connect, and Take Action sections.

Black History Month Book Series

Enjoy a special story time with Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey and our Black History Month Book Series. We are grateful to the black women leaders featured in this year's book series, who have taken the time to introduce our Girl Scouts to books written by and about people of color.

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Paula Madison Ryner, President, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, reads:
"I Am Enough," by Grace Byers (video)

   

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Tevra Francis, Owner, tevMedia, LLC, Publisher of Bergen in Color, reads:
"Mae Among the Stars," by Roda Ahmad (video)

   

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Dawn Moody, Chief Probation Officer - Passaic County, reads:
"Firebird" by Misty Copeland (video)

   

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Rosie Grant, Executive Director, Paterson Education Fund, reads:
"She Was The First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm" by Katheryn Russell (video)

   

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Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlantic Health System, reads "All Because You Matter" by Tami Charles (video no longer available)

   

Girl Scouts Share Black History & Culture

Our Girl Scouts are reminding people that Black history is an important part of the Girl Scout Movement. Correspondent Raven Santana of NJ Spotlight News interviewed a few of our Media Girls (Feb. 26, 2021) and reported on how members of our organization are telling the story of Black history as American history.

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GSNNJ Media Girls Libby and Charlotte were recently highlighted by Girl Scouts of the USA in the blog, Black History Month: A Celebration of #BlackGirlMagic. For their Girl Scout Silver Award, these GSNNJ Girl Scout Cadettes built a Little Diverse Library in their town and stocked it with books written by and about people of colorThey set up a book donation drive at their local elementary school and also reached out to publishers for contributions, and have collected over 200 books! Follow their 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. And, hear more from the girls themselves by viewing their video on our Media Girls in Action web page. 

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GSNNJ Media Girl Kathryn has been researching and discovering some interesting facts about influential Black leaders and historical changes made in the Girl Scout Movement. Check out her weekly Black Excellence in Girl Scouts video series featured here and on our social media platforms throughout the month.