A Message from Our President
Dear Friends & Visitors,
Greetings! The Memphis (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated was founded in 1952 by 14 phenomenal, trailblazing women committed to making a difference through friendship and service. One of the earliest chapters chartered within our national organization, The Memphis (TN) Chapter, was the first in the State of Tennessee. For seven decades we have stood firm on our commitment and legacy to impact lives in our communities through friendship and service.
Today, the Memphis Chapter membership is comprised of entrepreneurs, business, and civic women leaders. We are attorneys, physicians, entrepreneurs, educators, elected officials, non-profit leaders, philanthropists and corporate executives. Our personal commitment drives us to serve. Annually, our Chapter members dedicate and invest more than 4,000 hours in service throughout our community. In addition to our gift of time, we provide scholarships to deserving students, partner with Memphis’ beloved HBCU, LeMoyne Owen College, and collaborate with organizations such as the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Pink Palace and Brooks Museums, Girls, Incorporated and St. Jude. Our purpose is to help transform communities and open doors of opportunities and exposure for citizens in our community – especially African Americans.
Throughout our 70-year history, we have been beacons of lights in “Transforming Our Communities, Fulfilling Our Purpose.” We are committed to leading. We remain steadfast in our work to ensure children have access to quality education, and that all citizens have access to resources to address their health and human service needs. We also support opportunities for all to experience the arts, to raise awareness of historical and current societal issues, and to provide support to our sisters and brothers in need across borders. This vital work is accomplished through our five core facets: The Arts; Health and Human Services; International Trends and Services; National Trends and Services, and Services to Youth.
The Memphis (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, has chartered new territories and created new pathways. Our history in Memphis is a testament of our work to make lives better. After you have finished visiting our website, I invite you to visit our archives collection at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. This collection tells the incredible and impactful story of our Chapter and the phenomenal, game-changing women that sustain our dynamic legacy.
Sharon Wheeler, PhD
Memphis (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated