Little Black Dress Initiative


Junior League of DeKalb County Participates in 2nd Annual

Little Black Dress Initiative, Making Poverty Unfashionable

Georgia has one of the highest poverty rates for children in the United States at around 25%. In DeKalb County that number is even higher than the state average with around 28% of DeKalb County children living in poverty. Research has shown that children from low-income families are at a higher risk of entering school with poor language skills compared to more privileged students and on average, they score two years behind on standardized language development tests.  Furthermore, children living in poverty have more difficulty understanding abstract language and possess lower reading and writing skills, which increases the odds that the child will drop out of school in the future.

The Junior League of DeKalb County will participate in the 2nd annual Little Black Dress Initiative (theLBDI).  By leveraging the iconic "Little Black Dress" and participants' social media channels, we will shine a spotlight on the issues surrounding poverty and the limits poverty can place on access to books, early reading & language development, and long-term academic achievement of the children in DeKalb County. The campaign will run from March 6 - 10, 2017 and we are asking members and community partners to wear the same black dress for the entire week with a pin that says, "Ask Me About My Dress", to spark conversation and spread awareness of the initiative and its objectives.

LBDI participants will gather for a group photo on March 7, 2017 @6:30 pm at the Mary Gay House.

The LBDI will culminate with JLD's 3rd annual Community Day at the Scottdale Early Learning Center, on March 11, 2017, 10 am - 2pm. We will highlight the importance of early reading and language development by hosting a fun day, featuring book giveaways, storytellers, face painting and more!  

Junior League of DeKalb County will also collect the dresses worn by members, as well as other business attire following the LBDI, and will donate them to Dress for Success Atlanta, whose mission is to empower development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Little Black Dress Initiative FAQs

If you have any other questions or need more information please contact our Public Policy committee at

Follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and spread the word using hashtags #TheLBDI and #JLDwearstheLBD