This collection includes internal publications such as meeting minutes, budget and program reports, correspondence, and organizational standards; conference materials; press clippings and releases; program development and community partnership information; directories; outreach materials; photographs; and documents cataloging the history of the Links, Inc. in Missouri City, Houston, the Western Area, and the international parent organization.
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The Links, Inc. is one of the nation’s oldest volunteer service organizations, founded by Margaret Hawkins and Sarah Scott in Philadelphia on November 9. 1946. The organization is comprised of women of color from all over the United States and the Bahamas who “are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.”
The Missouri City, Fort Bend County chapter of the Links, Inc. was organized by Delores Tarver Smith and 26 other charter members, and was officially installed by the national and area organization leaders on May 12, 1979. Since its inception, the Missouri City chapter has focused its philanthropic efforts on expansion and support of the arts in the Houston area; science, technology, engineering and math education for African American students, health and human services outreach; and international relief efforts. The chapter has received commendations for its effective programming, and has hosted (1999) or co-hosted two Western Area conferences for regional members of the Links, Inc.
Multiple members of the Missouri City chapter have participated in the leadership of the organization at the area level, including Delores Smith and Carol Watson.
Note Author: Marina DonLevy
Source: Collection materials, the Missouri City Chapter of the Links, Inc. website, and the national Links, Inc. website. (Web sources accessed June 23, 2016.)
The Missouri City Chapter of the Links, Inc. Records were donated by chapter archivist Carol L. Watson in January, 2015.