History

The history of the Magnolia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated emerged as a metamorphosis of the Magnolia Club, organized September 7, 1986 by a group of women committed to improving the quality of services extended to black youth and their families. The organizer of this community service organization was Willie M. Allen. The Magnolia Club’s first comprehensive community service project, inspired by club member the late Judge Romae Powell, was presented at the Fulton County Juvenile Court.

During the next several years, the Club continued and expanded its community service outreach to include services to several schools in the Atlanta system as well as give volunteer and financial support to the National Black Arts Festival, the Hammonds House, the High Museum of Art, the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund. As a result, the Magnolia Club received positive local and national recognition, including the National Links, Inc. conferring official status on the Club as an Interest Group, effective November 1989.

Since its inception, the Magnolia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been led by seven dynamic women, each one raising the awareness and impact of The Magnolia Chapter of The Links, Incorporated within the community and the National Links, Inc., with their very own distinct and effective style:

  • Betty B. Walker (1991 – 1995)
  • Dora E. McDonald (1995 – 1997)
  • K. Joy Peters (1997 – 2001)
  • E. Delores Stephens (2001 – 2005)
  • Thelma Mumford Glover (2005 – 2007)
  • Mary J. Bailey (2007 – 2011)
  • Samra Coote (2011 – )
  • Marty Pinkston – Current President
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