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Who We Are

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946 by founders Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott.  The membership consists of more than 16,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.


On May 5, 1973, organized by Link Annette Williams, The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated was chartered by Western Area Director, the late Link Julia Smith.

The charter members included:

  • Lestrita Boardman

  • Enola Burrell

  • Angelica Calhoun

  • Kathy Williams Goldberg

  • Gloria Larkin 

  • Maryanne Llorens

  • Billie Newcomb

  • Leatrice Pride

  • Ruby Robertson

  • Nettie Washington

  • Annette Williams

The first president was the late Link Leatrice Pride who eventually became National Treasurer. Link Annette Williams who had been a member of the Pasadena/Altadena Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was interested in starting a chapter closer to her home once she moved to the San Fernando Valley.  Beginning in 1970, the group met in her home for three years and despite the difficulty of the task, the interest group persevered leading to its eventual chartering in 1973.

Who We Are

“Transforming Communities ~ Fulfilling Our Purpose”

Graduation Caps

The San Fernando Valley (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is accepting scholarship applications to students  who are interested in:

  • The Arts

  • Attending an HBCU

  • Exhibit High Academic Achievement

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