The Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated

"Transforming Communities.  Fulfilling our Purpose."

The Links, Incorporated

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History of The Links, Incorporated


On November 9, 1946, Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott, two young Philadelphia visionaries, founded The Links, Incorporated.  They invited seven of their friends to join them in organizing a new inter-city club.


The Links, Incorporated is now an international, not-for-profit corporation. The membership consists of 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. 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 National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, 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.



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Chapter History

History of the Albuquerque (NM) Chapter

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Charlotte Mock organized the Ladies Unique, Incorporated on March 9, 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  One of the core objectives of the group was to obtain chapter membership from the prestigious national women's organization, The Links, Incorporated, which would result in the establishment of the first chapter of The Links, Incorporated in the state of New Mexico.  

The interest group focused on promoting educational, cultural, and civic projects.  Key projects and initiatives included restoration of the Carrie Tingley Children's hospital Tender Mercies soap stone statue, providing support to women in prison through personal growth, development and skill enhancement counseling services, and the support of an adoption program for Amer-Asian children of mixed heritage.

The Albuquerque Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was chartered on June 10, 1989.

Through the years the chapter continues to reap tremendous dividends from the dedicated members who consistently and untiringly volunteer their time and expertise to the Albuquerque community.

Charter Members

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Helen Asbury*, Ava Marie Bowers, Vivian Brown, Portia Parnell-Calhoun, Isabell Camper*, Brenda Goodall Chandler, Marsha Dompreh, Antoniette Gamble, Diane Hardeman*, Ester Harris*, Judith Harris*, Jean M. Herndon*, Aundre L. Johnson*, Zenobia McMurry, Charlesetta Morrisey*, Dorothy Posey, Annie S. Rahman, Mary Annette Russ, Berdie Waller, Denise A. Watson, Mamie J. Watson*, Patricia Watts, and Moseller Young.

*Deceased

Message From the Chapter President

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Welcome and Hello from “The Land of Enchantment” in the beautiful city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.


The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders, striving to make differences in their communities and in the world.  As caring leaders, role models, mentors, and acivists, our focus is on making transformational and sustainable improvements in the lives of the people living in our communities. 


The Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was established on June 10, 1989; and, our chapter has worked diligently over the last 29 years to make our city  a better place for African Americans and all people of color.  Since our chartering, we have provided public service to communities in and around the Albuquerque area.  In support of our National programmatic focus, we have developed and supported programs under our five program facets that provide education, health and wellness, and cultural enrichment, while also promoting civic engagement and involvement.

 

The Albuquerque (NM) Chapter is honored to be aligned with our national president’s vision of Transforming Communities ~ Fulfilling Our Purpose.


Please feel free to browse our pages. I hope you will be enlightened by our chapter’s activities and the efforts of our work within the Albuquerque community.


On behalf of the Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, "thank you" for visiting our website. We hope you will come back to our website and stay informed of our activities!


Beverly Hollingsworth, President

Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated


Chapter Officers, Committee and Facet Chairs

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2018-2019

Chapter Officers

President   - Beverly Hollingsworth


VP Membership - Yolanda Freeman


Recording Secretary - Torri Jacobus


Corresponding Secretary - M. Elizabeth Okoye


Financial Secretary - Sebrena Oliver


Treasurer - Beverly McMillan


Parliamentarian - Shammara Henderson


Historian/Archivist - Beverly Hollingsworth


Journalist - M. Elizabeth Okoye

Committee and Facet Chairs

Program Coordinator - Beverly McMillan


Communication/Public Relations Chair - M. Elizabeth Okoye


Ethics Chair - Denise Taylor


Protocol and Courtesy - Yolanda Freeman


Fundraising Chair - Yolanda Freeman


The Arts Facet Chair- Shammara Henderson


Services to Youth  Facet Chair- Torri Jacobus


National Trends and Services Facet Chair- Sebrena Oliver


Health and Human Services Facet Chair- Denise Taylor


International Trends and Services Facet Chair- FoFo Herrick 

Chapter Members

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Active Members

Helen Asbury*

Yolanda Freeman

Shammara Henderson

FoFo Herrick

Beverly Hollingsworth

Torri Jacobus

Aisha Jones

Beverly McMillan

Sebrena Oliver

M. Elizabeth Okoye

Denise Taylor, MD

Alumna Members

Beatrice G. Davies

Jean A. Harris

Njeri Nuru-Holm

Doris R. Jackson

Fleta Maxine Jones

Miriam Merrick-Ray

Naomi Mosley

Dorothy Posey*

Ruth Roberts

Dorothy Weatherly

Josephine Wilkes


*Charter Member  **Platinum Member

Program Facets

The Arts

The Links support of the arts can be traced to our cultured co-founder Margaret Roselle Hawkins. Her innate artistic talent, discovered at a young age, earned her a four-year scholarship to the Women’s School of Design, later known as the Moore Institute of Art. Her passion for creative expression later led to her appointment as an art teacher, and helped give root to the establishment of The Arts facet in 1964 at the 14th National Assembly.

The GOAL of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity. We recognize how art is an important foundation to good mental health and can foster healthy connections by Building A Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future. Our programming includes arts integration within our chapters and partnerships with like minded organizations, sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community. The following are the programmatic interests for The Arts.

Albuquerque (NM) Chapter Signature Arts Program: Crossing Cultural Bridges

Health and Human Services (HHS)

The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in black communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African Americans and other people of African ancestry. The goal of HHS is to promote and facilitate programs that support the maintenance of good health and the elimination of chronic health disparities in communities of color through education, health advocacy, and optimal utilization of health resources. Community education about health risks is crucial and The Links, Incorporated plays a significant role in providing it.

Albuquerque (NM) Chapter Programs:

Educating and Combating Social Injustice

International Trends and Services (ITS)

The mission of the International Trends and Services facet is 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. All programmatic components of the facet are delivered through measurable and sustainable service delivery methods that reach women and their families.

The foremost goal of the International Trends and Services facet is to provide opportunities for tangible service in other countries. Our “boots on the ground” approach provides for more personalized methods for assisting and improving the lives of women, children and men worldwide through long-term programs committed to empowerment and public policy leadership in advocating for social justice.

Albuquerque (NM) Chapter Award Winning Program:

Education and Economic Empowerment Across the Miles-Haiti

National Trends and Services (NTS)

The VISION of the National Trends and Services facet is to eliminate disparities by reducing barriers to services through advocacy, education, and service. The MISSION of The Links, Incorporated is to empower chapters to effectively empower the communities in which we work. Our GOALS include increasing the number of sustainable and measurable programs; increasing collaborative partnerships; and extending our existing initiatives to include communities identified as having the greatest need.

Albuquerque (NM) Chapter Programs:

Educating and Combating Social Injustice

Services to Youth (STY)

The Links, Incorporated created its first program facet, Services to Youth, to equip black youth to use their intellect and spirit of achievement to become successful and productive citizens. Today, The Links, Incorporated continues to implement aligned, integrated and transformational programs that are responsive to the academic, health, cultural, social awareness, career development, and mentoring needs of youth.

The Services to Youth facet uses an integrated approach to prepare young people to succeed as healthy citizens in the global workforce and to promote healthy lifestyles within families and communities.

The Services to Youth facet continues to implement three national initiatives, two signature programs and two national programs in support of our mission to enrich and enhance the lives of black youth.

Albuquerque (NM) Chapter STY Programs:  Educating and Combating Social Injustice

Thank you to our Community Partners!

  • The Albuquerque Art and History Museum
  • Albuquerque Public Schools (APS)
  • eRead, Incorporated
  • The University of New Mexico
  • New Mexico Office of African American Affairs (OAAA)
  • Roots Academy

Chapter Calendar

May 10, 2019

Chapter Meeting & Ceremony

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

New Mexico State Bar Association

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May 10, 2019

Chapter Meeting & Ceremony

We welcome visiting Links members.  Please bring appropriate membership I.D.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

New Mexico State Bar Association

June 15, 2019

Chapter Meeting

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

eRead, Inc.

+ Event Details

June 15, 2019

Chapter Meeting

We welcome visiting Links members.  Please bring appropriate membership I.D.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

eRead, Inc.

Events

"Sequins and Sneakers Gala"

December 8, 2018

Thank you to all for a successful 2018 Gala!

Click here to view 2018 Event Photos

Links In The News

Member Spotlight

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The Albuquerque (NM) Chapter along with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center salutes Dr. Aisha Jones, chapter member, family nurse practitioner, and Director, Inpatient Advance Practice Providers.  Thank you for the work you do in serving our community!

The Links, Incorporated New Interim Executive Director

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Message from the Links, Incorporated National President Kimberly Jeffries Leonard:  Please join me in welcoming Gwendolyn Boyd as our Interim Executive Director effective August 1, 2018. Gwendolyn is an American scientist and university administrator. She served as president of Alabama State University from 2014 to 2016, and was previously national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated from 2000 to 2004. Before entering administration, she worked as a mechanical engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In her role as Interim Executive Director, Gwendolyn will ensure the effective operations of our national headquarters and facilitate the executive search that will culminate in the permanent selection of an Executive Director. Welcome, Gwendolyn. In friendship and service.

Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd is a member of the Capitol City (DC) chapter.

Member Spotlight

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Congratulations to Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated member, Torri Jacobus, who is the new Managing Assistant City Attorney for Civil Rights Enforcement for the city of Albuquerque. 

Congratulations, Link Torri, on assuming this important role within the Albuquerque community.

2018 Roots Summer Leadership Academy

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The Albuquerque (NM) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated has been a proud sponsor of the “Roots Summer Leadership Academy” for the past 5 years.  Roots Summer Leadership Academy was established to help our youth have a clear sense of belonging, regardless of race or socioeconomic background. 

The camp inspires youth to develop their performance skills through interactive group sessions designed to address self-esteem and leadership and 21st-century achievement skills.  The final Harambee event was attended by Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller who supported the students by providing encouragement! Artwork made by the students was sold as part of an Academy fundraiser after students were taught Financial Fluency skills.

Focus on The Arts Facet: "Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design"

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The Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Incorporated were key sponsors of the Albuquerque Art and History Museum Educational Series for the “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” exhibit- Attendees of the April 19, 2018 "3rd Thursday" event learned about the history of African head wrapping while participating in interactive demonstrations.   This event continues a long and fruitful community partnership in support of the Albuquerque Links chapter's "Crossing Cultural Bridges" Arts Facet program with the Art and History Museum.  

The Links, Incorporated 17th National President

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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. 

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