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.
The Links partner with community groups to provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. Watch the video above.
Cheer During Challenging Times
The Chapter joined other local groups including the NAACP to wrap gifts for deserving chidren in our communities. The funds to make the holiday special for young and old were donated and the toys were delivered on Christmas Eve. Link Courtnay Johnson-Suffern and connecting Link Lawerence Suffern played Santa and Mrs. Claus to the delight of those receiving the toys. Once again, the Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated met the growing needs of our communities.
Anxiety and Depression
The Chapter presented an exciting and informative webinar on Understanding Depression in African American Adolescents and Young Adults. You can watch the full event below.
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
Maredia Dionne Warren
Beverly Baker Jackson
Dedra Tate and Althea Avery
Christine Fowler Phillips
Teresa Oakley Smallwood
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,
President, Bergen County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
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.
We've Gone Social!
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.
Sharing the Story and History of Voting Rights
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.
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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