History of the Links, Incorporated
The Links, Incorporated was founded in 1946 in Philadelphia and was incorporated in 1951. In the 55 years of its existence, The Links, Incorporated has made its name synonymous with strong programming and organizational effectiveness. It provides an international program of various endeavors with enriched experiences for those who are educationally disadvantaged and/or culturally deprived. These include: Building Schools for the Children of Africa, Afri-care, African Water Wells, Jamaica Relief Fund, Rwanda/Liberia School in a Box and a myriad of on-going projects in Africa and the Caribbean.
The three-fold purpose of the Links, Incorporated - education, civic and cultural - relates logically to the facets of the National Program: Services to Youth, National and International Trends and the Arts. Financial support is derived from dues and assessments, which each member pays as a personal obligation, and from community fund raising.
With controlled growth and selective membership, The Links, Incorporated now includes chapters in 40 states and the District of Columbia, international chapters in Nassau, Bahamas and Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany, for a total of more than 10,000 members.
Angel City Chapter History
In February 1963, Angel City Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, became the second chapter of the Links in Los Angeles. It was organized by 10 Links who were newcomers to the area and wished to join friendship and resources to improve community life through creative and innovative projects. Each member of Angel City Chapter remains committed to this goal and uses her talents to continue to develop varied and viable civic programs.
Angel City Chapter's major project is the Achiever Program. This program embraces the Link's national components of Services to Youth, the Arts, and National and International Trends and Services.
Now the chapter has 42 active members, 10 alumni members and 28 connecting links who work together as a family with support from the community, corporations, and other groups and individuals who share the vision of Angel City Links for the future of young African American men.
Since 1981, 673 young men have received special development training and have been awarded $1,190,000 in scholarships.
Angel City Chapter contributes to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Reading is Fundamental (RIF), United Negro College Fund, Southeast Symphony Conservatory, Crystal Stairs, Great Beginnings For Black Babies and other local charities.