In 1946, founders Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott envisioned a service-oriented organization that would have a twofold purpose--to promote civic, educational, and cultural concerns and to lead black women into postwar America.
The original nine members were Frances Atkinson, Katie Green, Margaret Hawkins, Marion Minton, Myrtle Manigault, Sarah Scott, Lillian Stanford, Lillian Wall, and Dorothy Wright.
From that modest first meeting of nine women, the organization born in the wake of World War II has expanded and refined its mission and membership amid social and racial upheavals. The current members of The Links, Incorporated are physicians, dentists, judges, attorneys, engineers, educators, entrepreneurs, elected officials, non-profit executives, authors, corporate executives, and homemakers. We use our considerable resources to improve the quality of life for others.
To foster economic development
To educate the public about issues central to the well-being of African-Americans
To advocate appropriate public responses to the needs of African-Americans
To empower the membership in leadership development by offering training programs for greater effectiveness
To provide a positive approach to address critical youth issues
We believe our youth can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.
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 ensuring the identities, culture, and economic survival of African-Americans and persons of African descent.
We strive to contribute to the formulation of a positive, productive, and culturally diverse society and so also focus on education, cultural enrichment, health and wellness, and civic involvement. This focus is implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy.
The Links, Incorporated will impact the quality of life for humankind through community service. In response to an ever-changing society, The Links, Incorporated will increase its participation nationally and internationally for a stronger partnership with people of goodwill and good deeds.