ABOUT LINKS INC.
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.
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
Archives- Judith Waugh
Audit—Virginia A. Caine
Bylaws- Priscilla Keith
Christmas Project—Kiyomi Contee Young
Closing the Achievement Gap---Rose Mays and Helen Lewis
Ethic and Standards—Heather Smith
Fundraising—Marisa Riggins, Carolyn Sanders, Jarnell Burks Craig
Health and Human Services—Ann Osuntokun, MD
International Trends and Services—Anna Ivory-Lavergne
IT- Chasity Thompson Osborn
National Trends and Services—Myra Selby & Julie Simonton
President Council—Mildred Morgan Ball/Joyce Joyner
Protocol- Davine Nolcox
Publicity- Carolyn Sanders
Representative to the Links Foundation—Janet Bennett
Representative to the Madame Walker—Anya Seymour
Rituals- Larnell Burks Bagley
Services to Youth—Diane Cargile, Ph.D.
Strategic Planning—Delores Brown
The Arts—Alison Wright
*Facets are in Green
Chapter Leadership- Officers
Carolene Mays Medley
1st Vice President/Membership:
2nd Vice President/Programs:
Monet Bowling, MD
Tina Harris-Kinchen, MD
Sharon Robinson Reed