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    April 24, 2009

    Contact: Dan Rene of Impact Strategies
    703-869-1146
    drene@impactstrategiesllc.com


    THE LINKS, INCORPORATED’S CAPITAL CITY CHAPTER SUPPORTS SOJOURNER TRUTH MEMORIAL FUND


    [Washington, DC] [April 24, 2009]. On April 28, 2009, Sojourner Truth, an American abolitionist and women's rights activist (1797 – November 26, 1883), will become the first African American woman to be memorialized with a bust in the United States Capitol. This honor is made possible in large part due to the support of The Links, Incorporated’s Capital City Chapter whose members are providing the stand on which the likeness will be placed.

    On Tuesday, First Lady of the United States Mrs. Michelle Obama will unveil the bust at a ceremony in the Capitol. She will be joined by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and other sponsors including members of The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. and The Links, Inc.

    The National Congress of Black Women, Inc. undertook the campaign effort to place the bust in the United States Capitol and established the Sojourner Truth Memorial Fund. The Fund is designed to carry on the life and legacy of women who have paved the way for equality for all women.

    THE LINKS, INC. SUPPORTS SOJOURNER TRUTH MEMORIAL FUND

    The Links, Inc. Capital City Chapter and national membership are proud supporters of the Sojourner Truth Memorial Fund. The Capital City Chapter raised the money from its membership to provide the stand that the bust will be placed upon.

    “We are very excited to be a part of this historic occasion,” stated Gina Adams, President of the Capital City Chapter of The Links, Inc. “Our members continue to make an impact on the communities that we serve in very special ways. The fact that we are providing the support – literally - to honor such a courageous pioneer is truly humbling.”

    “I could not be more proud of The Links, Inc. Capital City Chapter and all our members nationwide that make such historic tributes possible,” stated Gwendolyn B. Lee, National President. “We are proud to help others remember Sojourner Truth’s sacrifice, suffering and struggle to make the world a better place.”

    The Links, Inc. is committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. In January, the organization was honored by the Trumpet Awards Foundation and inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.

    About The Links, Incorporated

    The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 270 chapters located in 42 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.

    For more information, to schedule an interview with The Links, Inc., or for additional photos, video or audio from the event, please contact Dan Rene at 703-869-1146 or drene@impactstrategiesllc.com

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