The Ann Arbor (MI) chapter was organized by Virginia Ellis who served as the chapter’s first president. She invited several women to her home on June 16, 1978 to develop an interest group.
The Ann Arbor (MI) chapter of The Links, Incorporated was officially established on March 10, 1979 at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. There were thirty-two charter members who represented the educational, political, social, cultural and economic core of the African American community in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area. The installing officer was Julia Purnell, national president of The Links, Incorporated who was also the sister of chapter charter members Sadie Blackwell and Christine Gilchrist. The official sponsor of the chapter was Allene Rayford of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ann Johnson Julian served as the chapter’s unofficial sponsor.
The Ann Arbor (MI) chapter is one of ten Links, Incorporated chapters in the State of Michigan and is part of the Central Area Region.
The Ann Arbor (MI) chapter, through the friendship of multi-talented and accomplished professional women serves to have a positive impact on the African American community of Washtenaw County by improving the lives of its residents, especially the most vulnerable populations. The mission of the Ann Arbor (MI) chapter is to increase the prosperity of the African American community of Washtenaw County through impactful programming that promotes the arts, health and human services, youth, and social justice on both a national and international level.
1978-1991 Virginia Ellis
1981-1983 Christina Neal
1983-1985 Bettye McDonald
1985-1987 Hazel Turner
1987-1989 Rosetta Wingo
1989-1990 Barbara Meadows
1990-1992 Letitia Byrd
1992-1993 Virginia Bailey
1993-1995 Nora Martin
1995-1996 Christella Moody
1996-1998 Willie Edwards
1998-2001 Ann Hampton-Hawkins
2001-2003 Bella Parker
2003-2005 Jan Collins-Eaglin
2005-2007 Laurita Thomas
2007-2009 Sandra Harris
2009-2011 Patricia Manley
2011 -2015 Cleopatra Caldwell
2015-2019 Linda King
PAST CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
2019-2021 CHAPTER OFFICERS
President Wendy Woods
Vice President for Membership Lisa Bradley
Vice President for Programs Darlene Ray-Johnson
Recording Secretary Phyllis Blackman
Corresponding Secretary Maria Thompson
Assistant to the Secretary Deborah Meadows
Treasurer Alfreda Rooks
Financial Secretary Erika Williams
Parliamentarian Angela Johnson
Historian Monique Washington
Chaplain JoWanda Gore
Immediate Past President Linda King
Over 12,000 members are women of African ancestry.
274 chapters located in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.
The Links, Incorporated is a not-for-profit 501 (c) 4 organization.
The Links Foundation, Incorporated is a 501 (c) 3 organization.