Minority Girl Scouts inclusion


March 1947. The first black girl in Girl Scouts was Gladys Thompson, from Troop 203, Vanport. She was part of a recruitment effort by the organization to diversify its membership. Next to Gladys is Mrs. J.D. Donis, leader of Troop 89; Beryl Lee, of Troop 5 Holt, Chinese Presbyterian Mission; and Pat Landsbury, Troop 59, Mariner Ship “Yankee Clipper.” This photograph was published on page 63 of the Oregonian on March 9, 1947 under the headline, “Portland Girl Scouts to Observe Annual ‘Week.’” For more information visit the Oregon Encyclopedia https://oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/vanport/#.WvNILqQvxaR

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