Little Black Dress InitiativeMaking Poverty Unfashionable

November 2017

Event Date

Coming November 2017

One Dress. 5 days.

Event Location


Event Contact

Tiffany Smith

What is the Little Black Dress Initiative?

The Little Black Dress Initiative is a poverty awareness fundraising campaign in which participants wear one Black dress for five consecutive days, in order to illustrate the effects poverty can have on your access to resources, your confidence and your employment opportunities. The Junior League of London founded this awareness campaign originally. They completed their second LBD initiative in February 2015 and it was a huge success.

For the JLDC this hits close to home with our literacy campaign. Literacy issues and poverty go hand in hand. We will be asking the Douglas County community to join us during the second week of November to help us raise awareness in our community. Following the campaign, we will be hosting a party to collect books to distribute to the children in Douglas County that need it the most.

There is a direct correlation with literacy issues and poverty levels. Please check out the statistics below to understand why the JLDC is so passionate about this cause. Be on the lookout for #theLBDI on all social media outlets!

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy:

  1. 2/3 of all students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare
  2. 43% of adults at Level 1 literacy skills live in poverty compared to only 4% of those at Level 5
  3. 3 out of 4 food stamp recipients perform in the lowest 2 literacy levels
  4. 85 percent of all juveniles who interface with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate
  5. Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” Over 70% of inmates in America’s prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level