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Washington, D.C. – Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard has been elected the 17th president of The Links, Incorporated. The announcement was made at the organization’s 41st National Assembly held in Indianapolis, IN.

One of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations, The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. It is comprised of 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters across the United States, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Each year, members of the organization – business and civic leaders, educators, doctors, lawyers, elected officials, and activists – contribute more than one million documented hours of community service. Following in the footsteps of her mother, Dr. Marye J. Jeffries of the Fayetteville, NC Chapter, Dr. Jeffries Leonard joined The Links in 1996 and is a member of the Arlington, VA Chapter. Read more.

 

Dr. Jeffries Leonard to lead The Links, Incorporated
Staff  |  CISION  PRWeb  |  July 10, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana – Members of The Jacksonville (FL) and Bold City (FL) Chapters of The Links, Incorporated joined thousands of their sisters from around the globe in Indianapolis, IN, last week for their 41st National Assembly. The Links Incorporated is an an international service organization comprised of professional women of color.

The Assembly kicked off with a Community Health and Safety Fair that provided free dental screenings, water and bike safety sessions and accident prevention tips for the elderly among other activities.

“As a volunteer service organization, we wish to leave a piece of our legacy in every community that we touch,” said immediate past national president Dr. Glenda Newell–Harris. Throughout the week members attended workshops and panel discussions designed to further enhance the efforts of the nearly 15,000 members globally. Read more.

 

Local Links Convene in Indy for Annual Confab
Staff  |  Jacksonville Free Press  |  July 10, 2018

Fayetteville, North Carolina – Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, a 1986 alumna of Fayetteville State University (FSU), has been elected the 17th National President of The Links, Inc. Leonard was tabbed for the post at the organization’s 41st National Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Leonard, a Fayetteville native and graduate of Reid Ross High School, has a broad background in public health. She has expertise in minority health and behavioral health programs, policies, and related legislation; with subject matter expertise in minority health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, cardiovascular disease, health disparities, health care reform, tribal issues, re-entry and criminal justice issues, international behavioral health, co-occurring mental health and trauma, and women’s and adolescent services. She has over 30 years of applied health, minority health, and behavioral medicine research, evaluation, and technical assistance and training experience specializing in health promotion and disease prevention. Read more.

 

Fayetteville State University Graduate Elected National President of The Links, Incorporated
By Public Relations  |  Fayetteville State University News  |  June 29, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana – There was an Olympic feel to an early morning workout on the downtown canal. We’re told more than 2,000 women showed up for it. That included Olympic track and field stars Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Aretha Thurmond and Sharrieffa Barksdale.

They’re encouraging women to take care of their health and stay fit. We asked Jackie Joyner-Kersee about her memories of competing here in Indianapolis.”You know, the 1988 Olympic trials and setting a world record here, there’s a lot of great memories and to me, it’s just a beautiful city, you’ve seen the growth and you see people come from all over,” she said. Jackie Joyner-Kersee and all the ladies you saw working out are in town the Links Incorporated National Assembly. Read more.

 

Jackie Joyner-Kersee joins hundreds of women for morning workout downtown
Staff Reporter  |  WTHR.com   |  June 29, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana – The Links Inc., an international service organization comprised of professional women of color, is making a significant impact in Indianapolis this week.

The 71-year-old organization’s 41st National Assembly is being held in the Circle City and the illustrious group kicked off the week with a Community Health and Safety Fair that provided free dental screenings, water and bike safety sessions and accident prevention tips for the elderly among other activities.

“As a volunteer service organization, we wish to leave a piece of our legacy in every community that we touch,” said Dr. Glenda Newell–Harris, national president of The Links Incorporated. Read more.

 

 

Links Incorporated convene in Indy
By Shannon Williams |  Indianapolis Recorder |  June 28, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana – On this week’s Community Link, we are discussing The Links, Incorporated, an organization serving the African-American youth in Indianapolis. Chapter President Jarnell Burks-Craig dropped by to tell us more.

The international organization was started in Philadelphia in 1946 by two friends Margaret Hopkins and Sara Scott and their vision was to bring more friends into their organization to provide services within the needy communities. And that’s what has happened we now have 209 chapters in the United States and we just recently established a chapter in London.  Read more.

 

 

Community Link: The Links, Incorporated
Staff Reporter  |  WISHTV.com  |  June 24, 2018

Washington, D.C.  –  A multi-EMMY and GRACIE Award winner, Roane along with Ben’s Chili Bowl co-founder Virginia Ali and The Links Incorporated vice president Doctor Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, were honord by the Afro American Newspapers as “Women in Excellence Reaching Highe.  Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

WUSA9’s own Andrea Roane honored by the Afro American Newspapers
News   |  WUSA9  |  June 24, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana – To kick off their 41st National Assembly, members of The Links, Incorporated will take part in a day of service offering free health and safety education and free dental screenings for children. The fair will help raise awareness with interactive and educational activities about:

  • Baby Safe Sleep
  • Breastfeeding
  • Fire
  • Water & Bike Safety
  • Fall Prevention Among the Elderly

This year the health and safety fair is also partnering with Colgate to offer services from the “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures” dental van…  Read more.

 

Health & safety fair will offer free dental screening for kids, education on numerous topics
By Katie Cox  |  WRTV6 The Indy Channel  |  June 24, 2018

Worchester, Massachusetts  –  Deborah Plummer and Adrienne Hall-Phillips came from different parts of the country to Central Massachusetts to work in different jobs. But the two women said they encountered the same problem here.

“What I found challenging was to integrate myself into the community, to find a sense of belonging in my racial identity group,” said Ms. Plummer, the vice chancellor of diversity and inclusion at UMass Medical School.

“I was struck by how hard it was to find other people like me,” said Ms. Hall-Phillips, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Read more.

 

Group hopes to connect, help Central Mass. women of color
By Scott O’Connell  |  Telegram & Gazette  |  June 16, 2018

Memphis, Tennessee  – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was awarded the $1-million Legacy Grant through The Links Foundation that will help advance three sickle cell disease programs. Sickle cell disease is the most commonly inherited blood disorder in the United States.

Approximately one out of every 365 African-American babies born in the U-S has sickle cell disease. A number of health problems can develop such as anemia, bacterial infections, and stroke.

The first grant St. Jude ever received went to sickle cell research, and the fight to find a better cure continues today. “St. Jude started in 1962 and it started on a hope, a hope that no child would die in the dawn of life from a catastrophic disease,” said Dr. James Downing, President & CEO of St. Jude. One of those catastrophic diseases is sickle cell; an inherited blood disorder most common in African-Americans. Read more.

 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Receives $1 Million Grant For Sickle Cell Programs
By Tish Clark   |  LocalMemphis.com |  May 3, 2018

St. Louis, Missouri – The St. Louis Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is celebrating 70 years of friendship and service to the St. Louis community. Presently, the chapter consists of 57 active, eight alumnae and four platinum members. It will celebrate its 70th anniversary on April 15 and renew its dedication to friendship and service, with newly elected chapter President Rochelle Calhoun presiding at the event.

The Links, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of African-American women committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic prosperity of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.  The membership consists of 15,000 professional women of color in 285 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Read more.

 

St. Louis Chapter of The Links, Inc. celebrates 70 Years
American Staff  |  The St. Louis American  |  April 12, 2018

Madison, Wisconsin – When Velma Ritcherson speaks, you can hear a pin drop. She can deliver such incredible impactful messages in just a few words. At 91 years old, she’s Doing Something Good by empowering young African-American girls in our community.

Velma grew up in Texas in the 1940s. She was raised in a time when she was repeatedly told “she can’t.” But Velma replaced the word “can’t” with words like “can” and “will.”

“The obstacles that I had and others in coming up the racial inequality, all of the blockages, all of the you can’t do you shouldn’t do because you are,” Velma said. Read more.

 

Do Something Good: 91-year-old woman passes pearls of wisdom to young girls of color
By Charlotte Deleste  |  WISC-TV Channel 3000  |  March 26, 2018

Tallahassee, Florida – The 8th Annual Links Beautillion will take place on Sunday, 6 p.m. at Florida A&M University’s Al Lawson Center. Links Beautillion participants were selected based upon demonstrated achievements in: academics, leadership, sports, the arts, community service and/or church involvement.

Statistics show that the proportion of students who fail to graduate from high school is strikingly higher among the two largest groups of color: Hispanics and African-Americans as compared to non-Hispanic whites.

Members of the Tallahassee Chapter of The Links, Inc., chose to address this issue through a curriculum based Leadership Development, Mentoring, Character Education Program and Links Beautillion. Read more.

 

Young men’s leadership training culminates with Links Beautillion
Staff Writer  |  Tallahassee Democrat.  |  March 9, 2018

Madison, Wisconsin – About 60 African-American middle school girls from throughout the Madison area will come together at Fountain of Life Church on Madison’s south side on Monday, March 12, as the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will host its annual “Yes, I Can! Yes, I Will!” Conference to promote healthy lifestyles options. It’s a day of empowerment and encouragement for Madison’s African-American middle school girls.

“We started this conference back in 2007. It’s always been focused on middle school girls and we’re always looking for more and more collaborators to expand… Read more.

 

Annual “Yes, I Can! Yes, I Will!” Conference Engages and Supports Middle-School Girls
By David Dahmer |  Madison 365 |  March 8, 2018

Petersburg, Virginia – Students from across the region wrote about what Black History Month means to them, as they competed in the third annual African American History Essay Contest, which is put on the Petersburg Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The students had to be in grades 8-12 to participate, and write a minimum 500-word essay. 21 area students took part this year.

The theme for this year’s essay contest was “African Americans in Times of War”. The essays were judged by a committee, who determined the winners. Jahleah Benjamin from Sussex Central High School, Alexandria Johnson from Prince George High School, and Rashad Joseph Seaborn from Maggie Walker Governor’s School were selected as finalists in the competition, and got to read their essays during a special ceremony at the Petersburg Library. Read more.

 

The Petersburg chapter of The Links, Inc. named winners of their annual essay contest
By John Adam  |  The Progress Index  |  March 3, 2018

Atlanta,Georgia – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia held its annual Black History Month Dinner and Awards Celebration on February 16. Artist Freddie Styles and educator Lillian Kincey received awards, and John Morrow Jr., a professor in UGA’s history department, spoke on African-Americans in times of war.

Freddie Styles received the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award for his efforts as an artist. This award is given annually to honor an African-American artist who has made significant but often lesser-known contributions to the visual arts tradition and has roots in or major connections to Georgia. It is named for the couple who donated 100 works by African-American artists from their collection to the museum and endowed a curatorial position there (held by Shawnya L. Harris) to focus on art by African-American and African artists. Read more.

 

Georgia Museum of Art recognizes Freddie Styles and Lillian Kincey
By Aisha Abdullahi  |  UGA Today  |  February 19, 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Links Incorporated Milwaukee Chapter recently returned from a trip to Jamaica to deliver a lifesaving portable ultrasound machine. It was the culmination of two years of fundraising.

They delivered a portable ultrasound to Falmouth Hospital in Trelawny.  The hospital has been without an ultrasound for two years.

Pat Pearman, Program Chair of the Milwaukee Links said, “The surgeon came in in his scrubs and he wept as he thanked us for this donation. That patient had been waiting 12 hours in the ER with his family for the scan.” Read more.

 

A lifesaving gift from Milwaukee to Jamaica
By Carole Meekins  |  WTMJ-TV Milwaukee  |  February 16, 2018

Gastonia, North Carolina – Each year, through their signature program, Artists in Schools, the Piedmont Chapter of The Links, Incorporated provides Black History programming for Gaston County Schools through funding from the Gaston Arts Council.

On Thursday, Feb. 15 and Friday, Feb. 16, students from York Chester Middle, Grier Middle, and Robinson Elementary schools will participate in 50-minute assemblies that feature Dawn Anthony and DNA Muzic. Each program begins at 10 a.m.

The program — “Motown and More” — incorporates music and dance and is a musical experience of one of America’s cherished genres… Read more.

 

Students learn about Motown and ‘Great Migration’
Special to The Gazette |  Gaston Gazette |  February 13, 2018

Montego Bay, Jamaica – Fox 16 News Anchor Donna Terrell said, “I have always wanted to go on a mission trip because it is chance to go to another country and work with people who could really use some help. It is an item on my bucket list.”

That opportunity came for her in January. An organization in which she is a member, The Links, Incorporated, offered a global mission trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica to work with children and parents.

She took pictures and videos on her cell-phone.  Watch her story that aired on Fox16 News at 9 to get an idea of what she and other members of her organization accomplished while they were there. Read more.

 

Donna Terrell’s Mission Trip to Jamaica

By Jonathan Rozelle |  Diaspora Weekly Media Group  |  February 7, 2018

State Rep. Helen Giddings, District 109, Dallas, TX

Dallas, Texas – The fight against human trafficking is growing more intense in Texas as lawmakers and law enforcement ratchet up their efforts to stop the epidemic.

Texas is second behind California in the number of reported human trafficking cases.

Human traffickers illegally transport and exploit people and use them for forced labor or sexual activities. They capture or coerce males, females and youths and use them as commodities for illegal income.

Authorities and activists working to end the problem say one of the best preventative measures is raising public awareness. Read more.

 

Dallas community asked to join the fight against human trafficking
By Norma Adams-Wade |  Dallas News |  February 6, 2018

Montego Bay, St. James – A delegation from The Links, Incorporated, an organization of African-American women connected in friendship and service, returned to Montego Bay, Jamaica for their third humanitarian trip, part of a global linkage initiative, to enhance the education, health and welfare of the island nation’s schools and students. The group’s goals are to make a sustainable impact and create lasting partnerships in the island’s communities of need.

More than 180 Links and their families—a record number of attendees— made the journey, bringing various school supplies, including 160 Kindle Fire tablets, to support youth technology interests and efforts. The delegation led by the organization’s national president, medical doctor Glenda Newell-Harris, focused on five program areas: technology presentations, anti-bullying training, arts, oral and physical hygiene, and CPR training for 4-6th graders.  Read more.

 

The Links, Incorporated, Third Humanitarian Trip To Jamaica
Staff Writer  |  Diaspora Weekly Media Group  |  January 27, 2018

Washington, DC – More than 190 members of The Links, Incorporated, an organization of African-American women connected in friendship and service, will return to Montego Bay, Jamaica for the group’s third humanitarian trip, a global linkage initiative to enhance the educational, health and welfare of the nation’s schools and students, that began in 2016. The group is expected to be on the island January 23-26, 2018.

Since their first trip in 2016, the Links will have invested approximately one million dollars in the economy and devoted over 5,000 volunteer service hours at the end of this mission trip. The delegation’s ultimate goal is to make a sustainable impact and create lasting partnerships in communities of need throughout Jamaica. Read more.

 

One Million Invested By The Links, Incorporated In Jamaica’s Economy
Staff Writer |  Diaspora Weekly Media Group |  January 13, 2018

Washington, DC – More than 190 members of The Links, Incorporated, are set to return to Montego Bay, Jamaica on January 23rd, on another humanitarian mission to benefit education, health care and welfare for the island nation’s schools and students.

By the end of the four-day visit – their third since 2016 – the organization of African-American women connected in friendship and service will have invested altogether about one million dollars in the economy and devoted over 5,000 volunteer service hours.

The delegation’s ultimate goal is to make a sustainable impact and create lasting partnerships in communities of need throughout Jamaica. Read more.

 

Members from The Links, Inc. Return to Jamaica for Humanitarian Mission Trip
By Derrick Scott |   South Florida Caribbean News |  January 19, 2018

Washington, DC – More than 190 members of The Links, Incorporated, are set to return to Montego Bay, Jamaica on January 23rd, on another humanitarian mission to benefit education, health care and welfare for the island nation’s schools and students.

By the end of the four-day visit – their third since 2016 – the organization of African-American women connected in friendship and service will have invested altogether about one million dollars in the economy and devoted over 5,000 volunteer service hours.

The delegation’s ultimate goal is to make a sustainable impact and create lasting partnerships in communities of need throughout Jamaica. Read more.

 

Members from The Links, Inc. Return to Jamaica for Humanitarian Mission Trip
By Derrick Scott |  Black News |  January 30, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated welcomes the Greater Austin community to its annual Mardi Gras Magic Gala, to be held at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Austin on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. The lively affair will highlight the chapter’s 30 years of transformational service and keep guests partying for a purpose.

Attendees will walk the “green carpet” at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy cocktails, conversation, and a Creole-inspired menu. Special performances by Austin Samba, violin virtuoso Richmond Punch, and surprise guests are sure to entertain. And in a silent auction, a 7-day Kenyan adventure with Fair Trade Safaris is up for grabs–complete with excursions to the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, the Giraffe Sanctuary, Lake Naivasha, Amboseli National Park and Maasai Mara. Read more.

 

The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Announces Annual Mardi Gras Magic Gala
The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated  |  PRNewswire |  January 26, 2018

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ – Emerald and ivory lights illuminated the breathtaking grand ballroom of The Hanover Marriott in Whippany, New Jersey, as over 400 distinguished guests from near and far, arrived for the 13th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion, hosted by the Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.  The esteemed event is the culmination of the chapter’s Debutante Leadership Program; the debutante’s twelve-month journey.

The Debutante Leadership Program is designed to provide experiences that will prepare the debutantes for leadership with a focus on the African America community.  The program has been offered every other year, for the past 27 years, by invitation only, to outstanding high school sophomore and junior girls in northern and central New Jersey, who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to community service. Read more.

 

Essex County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated 13th Biennial Emerald & Ivory Debutante Cotillion
By Erica Brown Oliver, Essex County (NJ) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated |  TAP into East Orange/Orange |  January 3, 2018

The Selma Chapter of the Links, Incorporated hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast on Monday at the Carl C. Morgan Center.

Over 350 Selmians gathered in recognition and celebration of the civil rights activist’s accomplishments. Getting its start back in 1992, the Unity Breakfast was also celebrating its 25-year anniversary.

New Selma City Schools superintendent Dr. Avis Williams served as the guest speaker.

Williams has a history of promoting unity throughout her educational career, which includes stints in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. Introduced by the Links, Williams opened up her speech with a haiku. Read more.

 

Links chapter holds annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast
By Adam Dodson |  The Selma Times‑Journal |  January 15, 2018

ATLANTA (CBS46/WTXL) – With a busy agenda already planned, Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in Tuesday as the 60th mayor of Atlanta.

Bottoms won a special run-off election in December over Mary Norwood by 821 votes. Norwood requested the recount, citing discrepancies that her team found in absentee ballots and addresses.

Bottoms will have many prominent Atlanta leaders working with her to restore the city’s faith in local government. She also says she wants to unify the city and wants to hold town hall meetings to hear from constituents firsthand. Read more.

 

Keisha Lance Bottoms sworn in as Atlanta mayor
Staff Writer  |  WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation)  |  January 3, 2018

Congratulations to The Bucks County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated! The chapter recently hosted its elegant “Legends Tea” on December 27 at The Logan Hotel on Philadelphia’s beautiful Parkway.

“This was a wonderful afternoon of honoring our matriarchs who have come before us, and a time to shine a light on the beautiful young women who will be our next global leaders,” said Chapter President Tanya Longino.

Other current officers of the chapter are Mynetta B. Edwards; Nichole Farrior; Tracie Mattison; Tonya Jones; Tonya Hallett; Constance White; Clarice Taylor and Kathleen Holt Whyte. Deborah Camp-Frye is the chapter’s immediate past president. Read more.

 

Bucks County (PA) Chapter Links, Incorporated host 4th Annual Legends Tea
By Linda Vancy |  The Philadelphia Sunday SUN |  January 5, 2018

The Birmingham (AL) Chapter, The Links, Inc. will fill UAB’s Alys Stephens Center with beautiful art and music as they raise funding for the organization’s many service projects on Sat. Aug. 26. The public is invited to join us for An Evening with Friends: Where Art Meets Soul featuring Honorary Chair, Patty McDonald.

McDonald is a well-known arts philanthropist, community leader, and actress. She serves in leadership roles in several Birmingham organizations –including UAB’s Alys Stephens Center and the Samford University Executive Council for the Arts—and has established scholarship programs at UAB and Red Mountain Theatre Company. Read more.

 

The Links, Inc. Event “Where Art Meets Soul” Raises Money for Public Service August 26
Staff Writer  |  The Birmingham Times  |  August 24, 2017