The Junior League of Dallas began in 1922 with a group of 40 women determined to make a difference. Women had received the right to vote two years prior, but opportunities outside the home were still few. The Junior League provided a place for these women to grow their talents and give back to their city. View our timeline.
Today, the League is nearly 5,000 women strong. It is a special place for women to flourish and impact Dallas’ most critical issues.
In 2021 – 2022, we will celebrate 100 years of growing women leaders who address Dallas’ most critical needs. Make plans to celebrate our Centennial year beginning June 1, 2021.
The Centennial Endowment Foundation
The Centennial Endowment Foundation was established in 2018 to support the Junior League of Dallas’ training and support fund. It ensures the Junior League continues to develop Dallas’ future leaders for generations to come.
Former JLD President Lyda Hill generously pledged a lead gift of $5 million with an additional $5 million challenge grant. We continue to invite major donors to match her gift.
Centennial Project: Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House Museum
As part of our celebration, we want to give back to the city we love so much, benefitting generations for the next 100 years. Our Centennial Project will donate critical funds and support to the restoration of the Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House & Museum.
Juanita J. Craft devoted her life to equal rights believing that all people should be able to fully participate in American society. From 1950 until her death in 1985, her home in South Dallas, near the Fair Park neighborhood, served as command central for many of the pivotal moments in the civil rights movement in Dallas, Texas and beyond.
We will join organizations and community leaders across Dallas in restoring her home, making it a place for all Dallasites to learn about its place in our city’s history and the efforts to win civil rights for Blacks.
The Legacy Leaders program was created in 2017 to honor women who have been JLD members for 50 years or more. They are recognized annually at our Milestones Luncheon with a special Legacy Leaders pin. See which JLD Sustainers have been in the League 50+ years.
Help Us Celebrate!
Support The Milestones Luncheon initiative.