The Links, Incorporated National History

The Links, Incorporated is an international women’s service organization established on November 9, 1946, by Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott. These two young Philadelphia women encouraged seven of their friends to join them in organizing a new type of inner-city club. Their vision was clear, an organization that would fill the gaps in addressing the African-American communities’ needs while fostering friendships amongst its members. 

They embraced a threefold mission for their newfound club, civic, educational, and cultural. With these goals in mind, they developed intentional programming with a purpose. To this day, the strong, philanthropy-driven women of the organization adhere to those original goals. 

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of African descent in 292 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. 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 Links, Incorporated has a National Program consisting of five facets:

  • Services to Youth
  • The Arts
  • National Trends and Services
  • International Trends and Services
  • Health and Human Services

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