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While many things have changed since Holloway launched her first troop in 1924, the essential value of Girl Scouting remains.

When people think of Girl Scouts this time of year, visions of Thin Mints, Trefoils and Samoas dance in their heads. Cookie season is sweet. But I’d like to offer even more substantial food for thought during Black History Month.

It is also at this time of year that Girl Scouts in Middle Tennessee remember the wisdom and courage of one of our pioneers. Among the country’s first African-American Girl Scout troop leaders, Nashville’s Josephine Groves Holloway cleared a path for girls of color in Middle Tennessee – and ultimately for all girls – to reap the benefits of Scouting.


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