Receiving a Generous Grant for Our Efforts to Help Those in Need

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes announced that a generous award has been given to our chapter to continue our Urgent Needs work in the community. Congratulations to Link Courtnay who spearheaded the effort.

Through its partnership with the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), our chapter conducted its second NSBEJr session with youngsters, focusing on math and the arts. The session included interactive activities combining engineering and artistic design. Our NSBE Jr. Explorers used common household items to design a sound tool/instrument. They discussed the different sounds made, materials used and what other household items you could use to make an instrument. A history discussion followed on how African Americans and slaves made sound for hope, inspiration and self expression.

The Chapter's signature event, the 14th Annual Mothers' Day Luncheon, was held  on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Venetian in Garfield. The event also celebrated the chapter's 45th anniversary. The chapter was proud to host the Link's National President Dr. Kimberly Jefferies Leonard and National and Area officers Ethelyn Bowers , Barbara Burton and  Lisa Lomas Loury. The event also featured great food and drink and area high school scholars were recognized and awarded scholarships. This year's Mother of the Year was Theresa Johnston, CEO/Founder of Never Alone Again, a domestic violence organization and resource center  Watch the video above to learn more about our 2019 Mother of the Year.  Save the date for 2020!

Welcome to our New Links Sisters

The Chapter welcomed nine extraordinary women into Linkdom this fall. They are Robin Dunlop, Joy Dorsey-Whiting, Michele Grant, Mia Gillespie, Maria Trice Jenkins, Farah Lamarre, Yolonda Pickett, Stephanie Marshall Thompson and Tina R. Wynn.

Chapter Hosts TIFF 2020 Virtual Screenings

We have been honored to co-host this year’s

Teaneck International Film Festival opening night with

Ncbw Bergen Passaic Chapter. Our featured film was “Black Orpheus”,  an Academy Award & Cannes Festival winner film featuring stunning cinematography, a talented cast of mostly Black Brazilian actors, with a mesmerizing and captivating Samba soundtrack. Black Orpheus was an international cultural film delight. We were thrilled to also support the showing of “Good Trouble” the personal story of the late Congressman John Robert Lewis. The film highlights the trajectory of his public service career and includes several interviews with politicians who've been inspired by him, including the late Elijah Cummings, former president Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Cory Booker, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.

We are also excited to host the screening of, “Before They Die”. This timely film tells the story of the Black Wall Street, massacre and riots that occurred in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921.

Giving the Gift of Creativity

The chapter partnered with the Art Center of Northern New Jersey and Connecting Link Philip Smallwood by assisting in the distribution of 500 bags of art supplies to the children of our community. These amazing art bags were donated & created by Smallwood and his wife, our Link Sister Teresa as gifts to Bergen County children. This much needed gift will be an inspiration to the hundreds of children that are trying to cope with the current health crisis. The bags will also be distributed to a group of local schools including the newly named Pre-K and K Theodora Smiley Lacey School.

Chapter Officers: 

Tammy King

President

 

Maredia Dionne Warren

Vice President

 

Beverly Baker Jackson

Treasurer

 

Robin Cooper

Financial Secretary

 

Lisa Brown

Recording Secretary

 

Kai Brown

Corresponding Secretary

 

Dedra Tate and Althea Avery

Co-Program Coordinators

 

Christine Fowler Phillips

Protocol Officer

 

Teresa Oakley Smallwood

Parliamentarian

 

Jacquelyn Styles*

Ritual Chair

 

*deceased

 

President's Message

Tammy King

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our website!

As the President of the Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of the Links Incorporated, I’m delighted that you’ve come to this space to learn more about our active chapter and the incredible women who are "Linked in Friendship and Connected in Service".

What a challenging 2020 we've had but thankfully, we been able to keep step with virtual meetings and programs that have informed, educated and enriched our communities.

 

From our involvement in the Teaneck International Film Festival to the generous scholarships we provide to graduating high school seniors and to those we aid during the darkest of days,  our rich history in Bergen County is known throughout the community and beyond. We will continue those efforts and we will look for additional ways we can serve those who need our aid.

 

Let us know how we can be of service.

All the best,

Tammy King
President, Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
 

Sharing the Story and History of Voting Rights

We've Gone Social!

In the week that the country went to the polls to choose its next president, the chapter hosted a symposium presented by Dr Noelle Trent, Director of Interpretation, Collections and Education at the Civil Rights Museum. Click above to watch this information and important presentation.

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Are you on the social networks?  So are we and we invite you to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Over 100 attendees took part in the chapter's virtual symposium entitled, “Voting Rights, Responsibilities, Suppression and Mitigation”. Guest Speakers included the Honorable Tanesha Way, New Jersey Secretary of State, John Cusick, Esq., Counsel -NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Aaron Greene, Esq., Assoc. Counsel of the NJ Institute for Social Justice. Link  Pamela T. Miller, Esq., moderated the event.

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