Links celebrate 65 years of public service

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The Pittsburgh Chapter of Links Inc. celebrated 65 years of public service in the Pittsburgh Community at a luncheon on Dec. 7, at the Duquesne Club.

LUNCHEON COMMITTEE—from left: Lynn Davenport, Darlene Motley, Karen Farmer White, Doris Carson Williams, Rosa Copeland Miller, Ann Haley, Curtistine Walker and Daria Crawley

LUNCHEON COMMITTEE—from left: Lynn Davenport, Darlene Motley, Karen Farmer White, Doris Carson Williams, Rosa Copeland Miller, Ann Haley, Curtistine Walker and Daria Crawley

Founded in 1948 by Jessie Vann and Daisy Lampkins, who were the current president and vice president of the Pittsburgh Courier board of directors, the chapter has sponsored programs in the arts, spotlighting the works of Denise Graves, the Zora Neal Hurston exhibit, local musician Patricia Prattis Jennings and has been a strong supporter of the Heinz History Center and the August Wilson Center.  They have also sponsored educational programs at the Homewood Library and Westinghouse High School, as well as health workshops on organ donation and diabetes.

ROSA COPELAND MILLER—president, talks about the organization

ROSA COPELAND MILLER—president, talks about the organization

In 2008, the chapter raised over $96,000 in a Denise Graves benefit concert and distributed the proceeds of the event to the Afro-American Music Institute, The Hill District branch of the Carnegie library, The Neighborhood Academy and Three Rivers Youth.  Presently, the chapter is involved in mentoring projects at Obama Academy and Westinghouse House School as well as distribution of goods to the Haitian project.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION—From left:  Ann Haley and Karen Farmer White

SPECIAL PRESENTATION—From left: Ann Haley and Karen Farmer White

The Links Inc. is a national organization of accomplished Afro American women providing world class leadership, friendship and service.  There are over 300 chapters across the United States and abroad. Rosa Copeland Miller is the Pittsburgh chapter president.

 LYNN DAVENPORT—introduced Vanessa German

LYNN DAVENPORT—introduced Vanessa German

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE BOYS CHOIR PERFORMING

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE BOYS CHOIR PERFORMING

DORIS CARSON WILLIAMS—the 65th anniversary chair welcomes everyone to the luncheon.

DORIS CARSON WILLIAMS—the 65th anniversary chair welcomes everyone to the luncheon.

VANESSA GERMAN—poet and sculptor, performs a Spoken Word on the Links’ 65 years of service.

VANESSA GERMAN—poet and sculptor, performs a Spoken Word on the Links’ 65 years of service.

THE LINKS TRIO—From left: Rhonda Carson Leach, Curtistine Walker and Anita Walker give a special performance. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

THE LINKS TRIO—From left: Rhonda Carson Leach, Curtistine Walker and Anita Walker give a special performance. (Photos by J. L. Martello)

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