BLACK HISTORY: Sarah Bailey Center in GA Named for Leader Who Organized Black Girl Scout Troops in 1940s


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Educator and Missionary Sarah Bailey (photo via blackamericaweb.com)

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

Sarah Randolph Bailey, born 1885 in to freed slaves, was a longtime educator and missionary who saw the value in troubled young girls and volunteered her time to provide guidance.

After earning her teaching degree and working at a rehabilitation and detention center for girls in Macon, Georgia, Bailey had the vision to organize young women for the Young Women’s Christian Association’s (YWCA) Girl Reserves group.

In 1935, Bailey gathered informal groups of Black girls and started giving them the opportunity to learn life skills and lessons, much like their white counterparts in the Girl Scouts. After organizing some 15 Girl Reserve troops in Georgia, Girl Scouts, U.S.A. took notice and invited Bailey to organize the first Black Girl Scouts troop in Macon. (The Girl Scouts started integrating troops in 1913 and…

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6 thoughts on “BLACK HISTORY: Sarah Bailey Center in GA Named for Leader Who Organized Black Girl Scout Troops in 1940s

      1. Thanks. Happy for your support and encouragement. Unfortunately my blogs on race relations in America are not always so well received. When I speak from my experience as a Black Woman dealing daily with racist, discrimination and bigotry some whites take my words as a personal attack or affront instead of the ingrained racism my people have faced for many years.

      2. I will pray for you. Pray that your words will be heard by the right people and hearts will be changed. That their eyes will be opened and hearts moved with compassion for the Black Women today! Remember the beautiful saints who have gone before you and overcome the pain and anger of persecution. God will be your shield and guide!

      3. Thanks. I let people know ahead of time that I can be brutally honest. I’m very outspoken and folks who are easily offended might want to skip certain blog posts. My parents didn’t raise me to be a doormat and I’m not afraid to put people in check if I must. My four years in the US ARMY have prepared me to deal with nuts.
        Lately that seems to happen a lot but I do my best to avoid confrontations.
        Maybe one day peace will come to America or at least we won’t constantly be at each others throats.

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