Monday 9/17/2001

The Chicago Illinois Chapter of The Links, Incorporated: 50 Years of Friendship and Service was produced in 2001 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago, Illinois Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an African American women's organization devoted to community service. Members of The Links – including some of the original founders of the Chicago Chapter of The Links – reflect on the early days of the organization and celebrate its dramatic growth. Members of the Chicago Links Chapter were interviewed for the program and speak of the group’s continued volunteerism and service to local and international causes, particularly focused on the arts, youth and education.


Illustrated with historic photographs from the Chicago chapter’s archives, from the Carter G. Woodson Vivian Harsh Collection, this program spearheaded by Links members Mercedes Laing and Donna Williams features interviews with Glenda Ashley, Karen Ashley-Bowman, Clarabelle Claiborne, Wilmarene Collins, Patricia Devine-Reed, Dorothy Harrison, Mildred Kerr, Mercedes Laing, Wilma Lights, Frances Matlock, Marjorie Mims, Frances Moore-Bond, Faye Price, Silas Purnell, Gladys Smith, Thelma Smith, Beulah Stamps, Connie van Brunt, Lillian Ward, Donna Williams, and Ruth "Teena" Williams.


The HistoryMakers staff has created a finding aid for this event. View/Download below: 

 The Chicago Illinois Chapter of The Links, Inc: 50 Years of Friendship and Service (Chicago 2001)


Glenda Ashley
Karen Ashley-Bowman
Clarabelle Claiborne
Wilmarene Collins
Patricia Devine-Reed
Dorothy Harrison
Mildred Kerr
Mercedes Laing
Wilma Lights
Frances Matlock
Marjorie Mims
Frances Moore-Bond
Faye Price
Silas Purnell
Gladys Smith
Thelma Smith
Beulah Stamps
Connie van Brunt
Lillian Ward
Donna Williams
Ruth "Teena" Williams