Diversity & Inclusion

The founder of The Junior League, Mary Harriman, believed that we all bear the responsibility to learn about the world around us in order to be more effective in our desire to improve it. That we should really try to understand the “why” behind something, not just superficially give it lip service.

In November of 2017, we invited others to join us in this important conversation. We assembled an impressive array of internal and external voices to help us explore the landscape of diversity and inclusion today. We invite you to listen in on this conversation and the Annual Review that grew out of it.

So, as we strive within our organization to live up to our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, we honor and celebrate the struggles, the history and the leaders of our multifaceted world.

Articles of Interest

Black History Month

Black History Month

February is Black History Month in the US and Canada, and we pay tribute to the legacy of Black Americans and Canadians, past and present.

Start the month off by learning how Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, conceived of this annual celebration and learn What’s the history behind Black History month?

Then take a moment to think about the history of The Junior League from a different perspective. Zena Martin from Junior League of London, shares this blog post, "A League of their own? A Black History view of The Junior League."

Tour an online exhibit that marked the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision that changed education and helped end segregation in schools. (from https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/celebrate-black-history-month/

Developing leaders in our midst is inherent to the mission. Meet some of these Junior League trailblazers who have pushed for progress.

  • Tamara Ashford

    Junior League of Northern Virginia

    First Black woman judge appointed to US Tax Court (2014)

  • Monique Bahadur

    Junior League of London

    First Black President

    1998-99

  • Mitzi Ambrose-Washington

    Junior League of Bronxville

    First Black President
    2016-17
  • Deborah Brittain

    Junior League of Greater Princeton

    First Black President of Junior League of Northern Virginia, 1992-93; First Black President of The Association of Junior Leagues International, 2000-02

  • Mitzi Cole

    Junior League of Montgomery, AL

    First Black President
    2018-19
  • Krystal Clark

    Junior League of Nashville

    First Black President
    2017-18
  • Monika Brinkley Davis

    Junior League of Richmond

    First Black President
    2014-15
  • Annette Harris

    Junior League of San Francisco

    First Black President

    2000-01

  • Carla Hallman

    Junior League of Charlottesville

    First Black President
    2017-19
  • Leria Lowe Jordan

    Junior League of Birmingham, AL

    First Black Member
    1986
  • Melissa Jackson

    Junior League of Savannah

    First Black President
    2017-18
  • Camille Kesler

    Junior League of Atlanta

    First Black President
    2012-13
  • Gena Lovett

    Junior League of The City of New York

    First Black President
    2008-09
  • Cylia Lowe

    Junior League of Baltimore

    First Black President
    2015-16
  • Enjoli Joy Reed

    Junior League of Moore County

    First Black President
    2017-18
  • Kathy Sawyer

    Junior League of Montgomery, AL

    First Black Member
    1980's
  • Diane Scott

    Junior League of Pasadena

    First Black President
    1990-91
  • Charlotte Seals

    Junior League of Jackson, MS

    First Black President
    2015-16
  • Erica Stiff-Coopwood

    Junior League of Memphis

    First Black President
    2018-20
  • Kathy Fletcher Victorian

    Junior League Baton Rouge, LA

    First Black President
    2016-17
  • Tycely Williams

    Tycely Williams

    Junior League of Washington D.C.

    First Black President
    2018-19