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The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated
The official logo of the Links, Incorporated.
Founded November 9, 1946 (1946-11-09)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type Social
Scope International
 United States,
 South Africa
Motto We're each a Link in friendship's chain.[1]
Colors      Green and      White
Flower White Rose[2]
Chapters 280
Headquarters 1200 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Homepage The Links, Incorporated website

The Links, Incorporated is an exclusive non-profit organization based upon the ideals of combining friendship and community service. The organization was founded in

  • The Links, Incorporated official website
  • The Links, Inc. Eastern Area Archival Collection, charting the history of the organization from its creation after World War II, is available for research use at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
  • North Shore Chapter of the Links, Archival Collection, located at Shorefront Legacy Center, Evanston, Illinois

External links

  • Parker, Marjorie H. (1982). [1st edition] The History of Links, Incorporated. Washington, D.C.: National Headquarters of The Links, Incorporated. 116 pages. Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN): 82-81579.
  • Parker, Marjorie H. (1992). [2nd edition] A History of Links, Incorporated. Washington, D.C.: National Headquarters of The Links, Incorporated. 194 pages.


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[28]. The endeavor began in 2005 and assisted fourteen institutions. The largest endowed gift made by the Links was $100,000 donated to Fisk University. Shown are below are the fourteen colleges which received endowment:historically black college and universitiesThrough the implementation of the "Central Area HBCU Fund," scholarship funds were donated to

Donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

[27]Hammond, also the designer of the stamp, revealed, "[the stamp] was an honor to create a living legacy." organization. The side inscription reads the following: African-American in Washington, D.C. The stamp is the first and only stamp honoring an headquarters (the organization's official newsletter), Link member Edith Hammond revealed a U.S. Link-to-LinkIn


Note: The History of The Links, Incorporated, ends the listing of the national assemblies in 1982. Also, each national assembly was held annually, until 1960, when conventions were held bi-annually.

National Assemblies

The exclusiveness of the Links organization, as well as its selection process, helped to shape the importance and impact of each member's involvement. Most Link members are involved with professions relating to business, education, law, politics, military, government, medicine, and entertainment. For example, current Links President Gwendolyn B. Lee proclaimed December 7, 2006 a day for NASA STS-116 astronaut and fellow Link Joan Higginbotham.[23]

Almost forty years after The Links's founding in Philadelphia, the Links's National President Dolly Adams honored the five living founding members of the Philadelphia Club in their home city during the 24th National Assembly,
The white rose, the official flower of The Links, Incorporated

Future impact

  • Original member Link Katie Murphy Greene was member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.[20]
  • Original member Marian Minton was a member of [19]
  • National Vice-President Anna Julian Johnson was the fourth national president of Delta Sigma Theta.[21]
  • Writer of Link History (1st and 2nd Editions) Marjorie H. Parker, was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
  • 13th National President, Gladys Gary Vaughn, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority .[22]
  • 14th National President, Gwendolyn B. Lee, is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
  • 16th National President, Margot James Copeland, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
  • National President Dr. Glenda F. Newell-Harris is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Several members of The Links, Incorporated, are also members of the four [19]

Members co-involvement with National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities

While the Raleigh chapter was founded, the group decided to nationalize. During June 1949, delegates, one representing each of the thirteen daughter chapters, met with the original members of the Philadelphia Club in Philadelphia to discuss incorporating the society and to showcase the involvement of each chapter. After the members decided to rename the group, The Links, Incorporated, one of the founders — Sarah Strickland-Scott was named as the first president.[17] The organization was incorporated on March 28, 1951.[18]

Clusters of The Philadelphia Club
Order Location Date Charter Members
1st[15] Atlantic City, New Jersey February 28, 1947 Leonore S. Garland, Carrie Esters, Emily Fowler, Anna Freeman, Helen Hoxter, Sara Washington-Logan, Louise Martin, Omega Mason, Edythe Marshall, Viola Murray, Isabelle Scott, and Myrtle Usry
2nd Washington, D.C. Late April 1947 Bernice Thomas, Ruth Young, Vasti Cook, Katie Harris, Anne Cook-Reid, and Eula Trigg
3rd Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1948 Jessie M. Vann, Daisy Lampkin, Jewel Blow, Lillian Brown, Betty Butler, Gladys Curtis, Lucille Cuthbert, Kathleen Douglass, Gertrude Holmes, Harriet Lewis-Jamerson, Rachael Lewis, Corinne Lindsay, Winifred Moss, Carolyn Stevenson, and Esther Summers
4th[16] St. Louis, Missouri February 20, 1948 Blanche Sinkler, Joy Blacke, Orlie Carpenter, Mary Evans, Charlotte Ford, Anna Lee Scott, and Alice Harding.
5th Petersburg, Virginia May 1948 Eunice Brown-Robbins, Cleopatara Armstrong, Ruth Baker, Gladys Bland, Alma Brown, Marietta Cephas, Gladys Green, Evelyn Jenkins, Josephine Jones, Uarda Parnell, Susie Verdell, Adelaid White, Helen Williams, and Virginia Williams
6th Wilmington, Delaware June 1948 Beulah Anderson, Edith Barton, Alice Brown, Grace Goens, Lorraine Hamilton, Ann Harris, Marjorie Hopkins, Marjorie Jackson, Sarajane Hunt, Rozelia O'Neal, Elizabeth Parker, and Sara Taylor
7th Baltimore, Maryland September 1948 Audrey Norris, Etta Phifer, Theresa Weaver, Mae Adams, Catherine Adams, Helen Burwell, Beatrice Butler, Marie Hicks, Pauline Watts, Lillian Berry, Pearl Pennington, Xaveria McDonald, and Florence Gloster
8th Rocky Mount, North Carolina (Wilson, Rocky Mount, and Tarboro) April 18, 1949 Esmerelda Rich-Hawkins, Ann Armstrong, Nan Delany-Johnson, Marguerite Armstrong, Sally Armstrong, Grace Artis, Addie Butterfield, Norma Darden, Vera Esmeralda Hawkins, Vera Shade Green, Ethel Hines, Jessie Pash, Helen Quigless, and Jennie Taylor
9th Princeton, New Jersey (Central New Jersey) May 1949 Madeline Broaddus, Lottie Lee-Dinkins, Claudine Lewis, Bernice Munce, Christine Howell, Louise Granger, Eddye Mae Shivery, and Augusta Smith
10th Dayton, Ohio May 28, 1949 Lillian Taylor, Melissa Bess, Hortense Campbell, Beatrice Darnell, Viola Finley, Remitha Ford, Bessie Jones, Ruth Lewis, Cora Peters, Margaret Robinson, Letitia Rose, Ruth Smith, Lucie Taylor, and Louise Wesley
11th[17] Harlem/New York City, New York (Greater New York) May 1949 Dorothy Reed, Bernia Austin, Myrtle Howard, Estelle Jarrott, Ethel Lowry, Emilie Pickins, Mable Trent, and Marie Vidal
12th North New Jersey June 1949 Lillian Alexander, Fannie Curtis, Mamie Jean-Darden, Elizabeth Ghee, Margurite Gross, Bessie Hill, Alvan Martin, Ella McLean, Gertrude Norris, Gladys Shirley, and Mildred Morris-Williams
13th Raleigh, North Carolina June 1949 Julia Delany, Blanche Daniels, Ruby Fisher, Amelia Hamlin, Ernestine Hamlin, Gertrude Harris, Nannie Inborden, Willie Kay, Mamie McCauley, Louise McClennan, Louise Perrin, Mildred Taylor, Geraldine Trigg, and Marguerite White

Before the incorporation of The Philadelphia Club, fourteen chapters were established between 1947 to 1949, which are shown below:


  • Frances Atkinson
  • Katie Murphy Green
  • Marion Minton
  • Lillian Stanford
  • Myrtle Manigault Stratton
  • Lillian Wall
  • Dorothy Wright

The seven original members of the club were:[3]

  • Margaret Rosell Hawkins
  • Sarah Strickland-Scott

Two home-makers are credited with the group's foundation:[3]

Original club membership

During its early years, meetings were held in members' homes. If a meeting was held in a member's home, she would have to serve as National Medical Association, the National Dental Association, the Urban League, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In 1946, two homemakers, Sarah Strickland-Scott and Margaret Rosell Hawkins, had a vision to found a club for colored women which would aim to enrich the community through education and the arts.[12] As a result, on November 9, 1946, Scott and Hawkins formed the Philadelphia Club.

The Philadelphia Club

The History of the Links, Incorporated by Alpha Kappa Alpha's fourteenth President, Marjorie H. Parker. Second Edition.


  • National Trends and Services: Currently, The Links sponsor Linkages to Life: Organ Tissue and Bone Marrow Donation Awareness Program, which promotes National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, which will be used to create "The Links Incorporated Educational and Cultural Center," promoting social and civil progress in America.[9]
  • Services for Youth: The Links, Incorporated, offers programs such as Operation SEED and "Just Say 'No'!" in order to educate youth about the perils of drug and substance abuse as well as improve the self-esteem of teens.
  • International Trends and Services: The Links are active in African and Caribbean affairs. For example, in "Education Across the Miles," the Links donated more than US$300,000 in order to build schools in South Africa and Nigeria.[10] On October 21, 2005, the Links were honored at the United Nations's 60th Anniversary Gala in New York City.[10]
  • The Arts: The Links, Incorporated, are actively involved in promoting Nassau, Bahamas.[11]
  • "'Health and Human Services:"'-The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiatives already in existence. With the expansion of partnerships with national health agencies, and more definitive structure and support for our health related signature programs, our mission can flourish.

The Links, Incorporated focuses primarily on four strategic areas of interest ("facets"):

Five facets of The Links, Incorporated

  • Redefine Links's purposes, sharpen its focus and expand its program dimensions in order to make Links, not only a chain of friendship, but also a chain of purposeful service.
  • Use the talent of each member to help fulfill the hopes and dreams of others.
  • Enrich and support those who are educationally disadvantaged and culturally deprived.
  • Remain committed to making history and providing hope.

Within the organization, the Links, Incorporated's overall goals are to:[4]

Mission statement


  • Mission statement 1
  • Five facets of The Links, Incorporated 2
  • History 3
    • The Philadelphia Club 3.1
    • Original club membership 3.2
    • Expansion 3.3
    • Members co-involvement with National Pan-Hellenic Council Sororities 3.4
    • Future impact 3.5
  • National Assemblies 4
  • Stamp 5
  • Donations to Historically Black Colleges and Universities 6
  • Notes 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

[8] The Links, Incorporated consists primarily of professional


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