The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of nearly 14,000 professional women of color in 281 chapters located in 41 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.
The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Inc. has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually – strengthening their communities and enhancing the nation. The organization is the recipient of awards from the UN Association of New York and the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation for its premier programs.
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.
Hendersonville Area (TN) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated
( L to R) Chestina Archibald and Joan Elliot
In the spring of 1976, three young ladies in Nashville met to discuss the need for a cultural revitalization of the city's African-American community and the foundation of an unbreakable bond for a group of seriously committed women. Few people knew that these three ladies - Norish Adams, Chestina Archibald and Joan Elliot - were working tirelessly behind the scenes to organize these women into a sisterhood.
By August 14 of that year, a group of 44 beautiful and talented black women came to the home of Norish Adams to be inducted into the national body of The Links, Incorporated as the Hendersonville Area Chapter with members residing in both Nashville and Hendersonville.
They soon made their presence felt in the community as they worked vigorously to incorporate a variety of activities and projects into the four program facets of the National body: The Arts, National Trends, International Trends and Services to Youth. This is how the history or better yet, “herstory” began for the Hendersonville Area Chapter.....read more