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Our National History


The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 280 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs.

The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.


Our Mission


The Links, Incorporated is a volunteer service organization of concerned, committed and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of life in the larger community. The organization is concerned primarily with enriching, sustaining and ensuing the identities, culture and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent.

To contribute to the formation of a positive, productive and culturally diverse society, The Links, Incorporated also focuses on education, cultural enrichment, health and wellness and civic involvement. This focus is implemented through strategies such as in public information and education, economic development, and public policy.

Our Chapter History

The Indianapolis Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered on March 17, 1951 at the home of Olivia Anderson. The chapter's founding member was Bess Simpson.


The Charter Members included:


Madeline Allen               Jacqueline Hanley

Olivia Anerson               Evelyn Hawkins

Eugenia Asbury             Annetta Moten Lawson  

Henrine Banks              Helen Maxey

Dora Oma Powell         Vivian Terry Moore

Gladys Doyle                 Bess Simpson

Shirley Evans                 Edythe Walker

Chapter Leadership- Standing Committees and Program Facets

Alumna—Jewell LaRue


Audit—Virginia A. Caine, MD

Bylaws- Priscilla Keith, JD

Ethic and Standards—Heather Smith, JD

Events- Carolyn Sanders

Fundraising—Marisa Riggins, Carolyn Sanders, Jarnell Burks Craig

Health and Human Services—Ann Osuntokun, MD

International Trends and Services—Mercy Obeime, MD

IT- Chasity Thompson Osborn, JD

National Trends and Services—Myra Selby, JD & Julie Simonton

Nominating—Virginia Caine, MD

Notable—Collette Duvalle

President Council—Mildred Morgan Ball/Joyce Joyner

Protocol- Davine Nolcox

Representative to the Links Foundation—Janet Bennett, MD

Representative to the Madame Walker—Stacy Myers

Rituals- Larnell Burks Bagley

Services to Youth—Diane Cargile, Ph.D.

Social---Beverly Chu-Horton

Strategic Planning—Natalie Cooper

The Arts—Alison Wright

*Facets are in Green

Chapter Leadership- Officers


Carolene Mays Medley


1st Vice President/Membership:

Sally Mills


2nd Vice President/Programs: 

Monet Bowling, MD



Beverly Chou Horton


Financial Secretary:                         

Marisa Riggins


Recording Secretary:                       

Tina Harris-Kinchen, MD


Corresponding Secretary:              

Sharon Robinson Reed



Priscilla Keith



Davine Nolcox

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