Greetings From the President...
Committed to Friendship and Service with Compassion
Welcome to The Atlanta (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Thank you for your interest in learning more about our organization. As you explore our website you will discover information about the impact that distinguished and accomplished women of color have in local communities and abroad. The membership of over 15,000 influential leaders and strategic thinkers volunteer countless hours in communities across this country and abroad in education, health, the arts, national and international programs and services which represent the five facets of The Links, Incorporated.
The Atlanta (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is one of 288 Link Chapters in 42 States and the District of Columbia (DC) as well as The Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Our reach is global. The Atlanta (GA) Chapter located in the Southern Area has a rich and vibrant history. The Atlanta (GA) Chapter was the 12th Chapter to be established in the Country and the first to be chartered in Georgia in January 1953.
While The Atlanta (GA) Chapter was established during turbulent times in the south, the 26 charter members were community activists. These women of stature and prominence engaged in civil discourse, marched for freedom, and provided shelter, food and funds to students, especially, that were involved in the movement of the time.
The Atlanta (GA) Chapter can boast of descendants, of charter members, who are active in the chapter to date. The chapter is also proud that Dr. Dolly Desselle Adams, 8th National President of The Links, Incorporated is an active member of The Atlanta (GA) Chapter along with Mrs. Mary F. Currie, 17th Southern Area Director.
The Atlanta (GA) Chapter is proud of the history that our members, active and alumna, continue to make as The Chapter is replete with “Firsts”: The first African American female to run for Governor of Georgia; The first African American female Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court; The first African American female Mayor elected to lead a city in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. The Chapter has members who are firsts in medicine, education, religion, civil rights and business, to name a few. The dynamic members of The Atlanta (GA) Chapter represent every profession. Members serve on National and Area Committees within The Links, Incorporated as well as on community and corporate boards, with leadership responsibilities. Members are very active in the community volunteering thousands of hours each year. The exceptional women of The Atlanta (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are making a difference in the local community with a global impact.
The Atlanta (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was recently awarded 3rd place for our “Smart Mouth” Oral Health Initiative at the 45th Southern Area Conference held in Orlando, Florida, May 1-5, 2019. The Health and Human Services Facet was recognized for their outstanding contributions in this area.
In February 2020 The Atlanta (GA) Chapter will celebrate 67 years of service to the community. We are extremely proud of this milestone and the impact our community service has had locally and globally as we are Committed to Friendship and Service with Compassion.
In Friendship and Service,
Lois C. Richardson, Ph.D.
Lois C. Richardson Ph.D., President
Atlanta (GA) Chapter
The Links, Incorporated