What first began as the Philadelphia Club in 1946, along with 13 other clubs created in its own image soon became the National Links in 1949.
At the 1949 national meeting of the Links, Inc., the Executive Council named coordinators to supervise chapters in 4 defined geographies. In 1952, each of these geographical areas held meetings to elect a director. Madeline Broadus from the Central Jersey Chapter was elected as the first Eastern Area Director.
By 1954, the Links formally decentralized into four geographical Areas – Eastern, Western, Central and Southern.
Today, the Eastern Area is comprised of 76 chapters located in Connecticut, Delaware. District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia.
Eastern Area Programming Highlights:
Aligned to the vision of the Links founders, impactful programming is at the heart of Eastern Area’s goals. Over the years, each director’s unique theme has focused on enhancing the quality of life for Black children, promoting the cultural contributions of African Americans to American Society and fostering the economic development of the Black community. Several programs are highlighted below.
• The Links’ National Association for the advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Life Membership project.
• Non–Governmental Organizations’ forums held as part of the United Nations’ Decade for Women 1976–1985.
• African Water Wells Project – Designed to improve children’s access to clean water in African villages.
• National Cares Mentoring Movement
Eastern Area chapters rank first in volunteer hours, charitable contributions, Blankets of Hope contributions, and NAACP Life Memberships.
Following the selection of Co–Founders Sarah Strickland Scott and Margaret Roselle Hawkins, Eastern Area residents as the first two National Presidents; five other members of the Eastern Area have also served as National Presidents: Pauline Maloney (3rd), Lynchburg Virginia, Pauline A. Ellison (6th), Arlington Virginia, Dolly Deselle Adams (8th), Arlington Virginia, Barbara Simpkins (12th), Prince George’s County Maryland, and Gladys Gary Vaughn (13th), Potomac Maryland.
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