The Tuscaloosa (AL) Chapter

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Tuscaloosa (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Charter Members

‚ÄčApril 17, 1993

 About The Tuscaloosa Chapter

In May 1989, a group of twenty-two friends from the Tuscaloosa and Greene County area embraced membership in The Links, Incorporated as a means of enhancing the quality of life for African-Americans. Two years later on April 17, 1993, the group (The Tuscaloosa Aspirants) was granted a Links Charter with jurisdiction within a 50-mile radius of Tuscaloosa. Today, the Chapter numbers thirty-two. --

In keeping with the national philosophy of The Links, Incorporated, the Tuscaloosa (AL) Chapter has consistently honored The Links' vision of impacting the quality of life for humankind through community service via The Links' five national program targets:National Trends & Services, Services to Youth, The Arts, Health and Human Services and International Trends and Services. Chapter staples include an annual health and wellness walk, SuccessLinks Mentoring Program, elementary school tutorials, support for Africa, and a Showcase of the Arts. 



                        Charter Members

Gladys Carlisle                                         Edith Moton                       
Charlotte Carter                                       Hattie Nash 
Euradell Fredd                                         Sarah Palmore 
Ruth Fields                                              Sandral Hullett Robertson 
Irene Hubbard                                         Yvonne Rodgers 
Debbie Hughes                                        Deborah Thomas 
Alma Wyatt Jones                                    Sonya Waldrop 
Rhoda Johnson                                        Dorothy Williams 
Nellie Lewis                                             Nancy Williams 
Emma Melton                                          A. Marie Wynn 
Evelyn Mims                                            Bernice Young 



Chapter Presidents

A. Marie Wynn (1993-1995)
Charlotte Carter (1995-1997)
Yvonne Rodgers (1997-1999)
Bernice Hughes Young (1999-2001)
Debbie Lewis Hughes (2001-2003)
Barbara Scarbrough (2003-2005)
Earnestine Green McNealey (2005-2006)
Hattie Wells Nash (2006-2009)
Josephine Dantzler (2009-2011)
Katrena Grant (2011-2013)
Cynthia Crawford Brown (2013 -2015)
Pamela Hudson Pruitt (2015- 2017)

Phillis Branch Belcher (2017- Present)


About The Links, Incorporated

Established November 9, 1946. in Philadelphia, PA by Sarah Strickland Scott and Margaret Roselle Hawkins.  The Links, Incorporated is a chain of more than 10,000 professional women of color in 274 chapters, located in 42 states and three countries. The two women envisioned an organization with a threefold aim--civic, educational, and cultural programs that would foster cultural appreciation through the arts; develop richer inter-group relations; and help women who 
participated to understand and accept their social and civic responsibilities.

The First Members: Along with Hawkins and Scott, the original members of the Philadelphia 
Club, were Links Frances Atkinson, Katie Green, Marion Minton, Lillian Stanford, Myrtle 
Manigault Stratton, Lillian Wall, and Dorothy Wright. The club elected Margaret Hawkins as 
president, Sarah Scott as vice president, Myrtle Manigault Stratton as recording secretary, 
Frances Atkinson as corresponding secretary, and Dorothy Wright as treasurer.

Service: The outstanding programming of The Links, Incorporated has five facets which include: Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. The programs are implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy campaigns.


Services to Youth    

        The Links, Incorporated focuses on providing a range of innovative, substantive and sustainable Pre-K-16 programming which contributes proven results to key educational or social/community issues. The primary goals of this facet are to:

  • Promote early literacy
  • Implement local mentoring programs from kindergarten through college
  • Close the academic achievement gaps from kindergarten through college
  • Introduce and support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.) education and career readiness
  • Implement college readiness programs
  • Increase high school and college graduation rates
  • Award college scholarships and build educational endowments
  • Promote and support Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)



The Arts
             The Links, Incorporated has a strong and rich record of support for the performing and visual arts, especially where it focuses on the presentation of artists of color.
        

National Trends and Services
        The Links, Incorporated focuses on eliminating disparities to reduce barriers to service through leadership, education, and services. The mission of this facet is to empower the membership to effectively empower the various communities served.   

International Trends and Services
        The Links, Incorporated has a mission through it's Global Trilogy of International Trends and Services, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), and the Signature Program, "Education Across the Miles" to expand the global platform for programs designed and developed to service the educational, health and cultural needs of people of African descent throughout the world. 

Health and Human Services
       The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans.  This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated's health initiatives already in existence.

  
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