Our Legacy

At a national level, The Links, Incorporated was founded in 1946 by Sarah Strickland Scott and Margaret Roselle Hawkins. It has expanded from a circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to become an international non-for-profit corporation with over 16,000 members in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom.

The Links, Incorporated improves the lives of African Americans through impactful programming in five facets: The Arts, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services and Health and Human Services. As volunteers, advocates and mentors, we implement sustainable, relevant initiatives that preserve and protect the cultural and economic interests of African Americans as well as people of African ancestry, and to promote change.


The Links, Incorporated is a volunteer service organization of concerned, committed and talented women, who — linked in friendship — enhance the quality of life in the larger community. The organization is concerned primarily with enriching, sustaining and ensuring the identities, culture and economic survival of African Americans and persons of African descent.

To contribute to the formulation of a positive, productive and culturally diverse society, The Links, Incorporated also focuses on education, cultural enrichment, health and wellness and civic involvement. This focus is implemented through strategies such as public information and education, economic development, and public policy.

Since its inception, the members of the Magic City (AL) Chapter have continued to flourish, adding to its fold other talented civic-minded women. Working together, these women continue to serve their community by implementing strong programs in Magic City style such as classes on art and its impact on society, technology information sessions for seniors and honoring people in the community who go the extra mile to improve the lives of others.


  • To foster economic development.
  • To advocate appropriate public responses to the needs of African Americans.
  • To empower the membership in leadership development by offering training programs for greater effectiveness.
  • To provide a positive approach to address critical youth issues.
  • To foster artistic endeavors.
  • To promote the well-being of the African American family.
  • To collaborate with organizations with similar goals and objectives.
  • To increase awareness of international issues, particularly those affecting people of African descent.