The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations committed to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other people of African ancestry.
On November 9, 1946, Margaret Rosell Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, two young Philadelphia visionaries, co-founded The Links, Incorporated. They invited seven of their friends to join them in organizing a new type of inter-city club. The two women envisioned an organization that would respond to the needs and aspirations of Black women in ways that existing clubs did not. It was their intent that the club would have a threefold aim — civic, educational, and cultural.
Margaret Rosell Hawkins
Sarah Strickland Scott
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Program Spotlight HeartLinks
The HeartLinks signature program encourages Links members and the communities we serve to take an aggressive stance against heart disease, the number one killer of African American women. HeartLinks accomplishes its goal by equipping our members with numerous ways to implement heart healthy programs and activities in their communities including our Walk for Healthy Living program, Childhood Obesity Prevention program, cardiovascular risk reduction programming, and Red Dress events. LEARN MORE
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT4TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON
The Links Foundation, Incorporated’s 4th annual Legislative Luncheon brought together thought leaders, legislators, change agents, and other powerful voices.
U.S. Representative Joyce Beatty issued a clarion call to action to pursue the eradication of economic, environmental, social, and racial injustices everywhere individually and collectively through Our VOICE. Our VOTE. Our POWER.
And we honored outstanding leaders who are standard bearers for service to others, U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Legacy Award recipient, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Justice Award recipient, and Majority Whip James Clyburn, Trailblazer Award recipient.