Little Black Dress Initiative


Junior League of DeKalb County Participates in 3nd 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 (LBDI).  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 and language development, and long-term academic achievement of the children in DeKalb County. The campaign will run from March 5-9, 2018 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.

Participants will also wear backpacks and collect book donations. The books will be distributed to Stoneview Elementary School students. Book donations can also be purchased from Amazon and shipped directly to the Mary Gay House via our Wish List.

The LBDI will culminate with Community Day at the Stoneview Elementary, on March 24, 2018, 10am to 2pm. We will highlight the importance of early reading and language development by hosting a fun day, featuring storytelling , arts and crafts, a character parade, an ice cream party, free book giveaways and parent resources!

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