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Archives & Special Collections: LINKS of Buffalo Papers [1954-1985]

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LINKS of Buffalo Papers [1954-1985]

The Links Incorporated is an organization of women with 270 chapters located in 40 states, The District of Columbia, Nassau, Bahamas and Frankfurt, Germany with a total membership of over 10,000 women. The organization was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946 by the late Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott. 

The Links, Inc. is a voluntary service organization of concerned, committed and talented women who, linked in friendship, enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the world. The mission and vision is to contribute to the formulation of a positive, productive and culturally diverse society. A strong focus is given to education, cultural enrichment, health, wellness and civic involvement. The Links, Inc. is an entity which through its chapters and The Links Foundation, Inc. has granted more than ten million dollars to charitable organizations.

The Buffalo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was organized on May 26, 1950. We were the 14th chapter to be chartered in the Eastern Area and the 20th Chapter to be chartered nationally. Many of our Links have held area and national offices including: Link Thelma Hardiman, who served as National Vice President and Eastern Area Director; Link Cecelia Henderson has served as Eastern Area Vice Director, Eastern Area Director and National Secretary.  We have made our presence felt in Buffalo and its surrounding areas through thousands of hours of individual and collective volunteerism annually and through our programs, charity giving and scholarship awards. We pride ourselves on being willing to accept the challenge of civic responsibility through service, friendship and love.

The Buffalo Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is comprised of women who are committed to utilizing their collective energies and resources to address the critical needs of the underserved; particularly African Americans in the Buffalo community, and concurrently, to address issues and concerns which affect those of African descent throughout the world.

-information taken from on 03/30/2018

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