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 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.
For the past 25 years, the Magnolia (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has enjoyed a strong tradition of friendship and a rich history of service to the Greater Atlanta community. Consistent with the National thrust, the Magnolia Chapter focuses its efforts on five facets which include Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services. Through our National Trends Facet, we are focused on the problem of human trafficking and its impact on our young women. On an international level, we support the Schools in Jamaica program. Among our premier programs is the Magnolia Stars, a mentoring and enrichment program for young ladies attending the Coretta Scott King Women’s Leadership Academy.
Most recently, at the 45th Southern Area of the Links, Incorporated Conference, the Magnolia (GA)
chapter won the One Mission, One Love Award for our International Trends and Services Program Wo Ye Bra which not only provides hand made, reusable feminine hygiene products to women in Africa, but also provides the training and tools for them to produce the items themselves.