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July 2, 2011
By Andy Banker
ST. LOUIS , MO (—— Links Inc. presented 2,000 disaster kits for Joplin tornado victims to the Red Cross and the United Way on Saturday...


The Links Incorporated  

The St. Louis Links History

It began on November 6, 1946 when two young women from Philadelphia, Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Scott, invited seven of their friends to join them in organizing a new type of inter-city club. These women envisioned an organization that would respond to the needs and aspirations of black women in ways that existing organizations did not. It was their intent that the organization would have a threefold aim--civic, educational, and cultural. Based on these aims, The Links Inc. would implement programs, which its founders hoped 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 original group consisted of 8 women--one of them having a St. Louis connection. Her name was Frances Atkinson and she served as corresponding secretary. Link Atkinson was a native St. Louisan and had a sister who would become a member of the St. Louis Chapter of Links. The St. Louis Links Chapter is proud to have this connection and proud to be the third oldest chapter in Linkdom, chartered in April 1948. We were the first chapter to have an installation service. As a group of women joined in friendship doing service, the "Link" has continued to grow in a chain of communities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Specifically, The St. Louis (MO) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has developed the My Sister’s Keeper mentorship program with the Imagine College Preparatory High School, in addition to other service projects that are conducted throughout the year. My Sister’s Keeper fashions activities and workshops that support the academic and social enrichment of at‐risk young women outside of their traditional academic arena. My Sister’s Keeper is committed to developing positive self‐esteem and training to develop well‐rounded young ladies.



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