Little Black Dress Initiative


The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.’s Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an advocacy campaign that raises community awareness about the issue of generational poverty in Georgia. In January 2024, LBDI Advocates will wear the same black dress for five consecutive days in solidarity with women experiencing poverty. The black dress symbolizes poverty’s effects on a woman’s access to resources, confidence, and professional opportunities. In addition to wearing the dresses, The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. (JLA) advocates will wear a sticker or button that reads “Ask me About my Dress.” This statement invites dialogue among colleagues, friends, and strangers about generational poverty and how we can help families experiencing poverty. 1 in 5 Atlanta families lives below the poverty line. In light of an unprecedented global pandemic, many families are in need now more than ever.

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JLA deploys a wide range of initiatives, service opportunities, and strategic partnerships to alleviate generational poverty in Atlanta. These efforts include direct advocacy to local and state elected officials; volunteering in city and state-wide coalitions that work on poverty; and education and training on generational poverty in Atlanta.

Below are some of the community partners that JLA directly supports to make a difference in generational poverty in Atlanta:

  • Agape
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • Atlanta Mission
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Partnership Against Domestic Violence
  • Our House