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Chapter History Book

Chapter History Book

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Copyright ©2021 Portland Chapter of e Links, Incorporated
Foreward by Linda J. Harris
Introduction by Myrna-Yvonne Williams
Poem by Sylvia Welch
Written by Linda J. Harris
Photo research managed by Myrna-Yvonne Williams
Cover design by Maria Jackson
Art direction and text design by Maria Jackson

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written
permission from e Portland Chapter of e Links, Incorporated.

e Portland Chapter of e Links, Incorporated
P.O. Box 4647
Portland, OR 97208

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To all who have been a part of Linkdom
with honor given to our founders,
charter members, National Presidents,
and Western Area Directors.

—Link Linda J. Harris

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CONTENTS

Dedication Final Thoughts
Link Linda J. Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Link Linda J. Harris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05

Foreward
Link M. Yvonne Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 08

Poem
Link Sylvia Welch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

OUR STORY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

MEMBERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

THE FACETS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
e Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Services to Youth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
National Trends & Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
International Trends & Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Health & Human Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

GATHERINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

CELEBRATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

AWARDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

GALAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

CONFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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Views From an
Active Platinum Member

nd this I promise.”, a phrase from e Links Pledge that are called “facets”. ese programs are where you work to make a
I have repeated for the past 48 years every second Saturday difference in the community for service. is is the heart and soul of the
since 1973. organization. is is where you inform, enlighten, expose, and educate
ON APRIL 9, 1973, I became the youngest and only unmarried your community.
member of e Portland Chapter of e Links, Incorporated. My aunt, THROUGHOUT MY years in e Links, I have served in many
Lois A. Sayles was a member of the chapter, therefore, I was already aware capacities; President to Health & Human Services Facet Chair; from the
of the amount of time investment needed for active Links. I had Ebony Fashion Fair to the Debutante Cotillion to Project L.E.A.D.; from
volunteered for years. My favorite program, of course, was their annual Voter Registration to HIV/AIDS Awareness and health disparities in the
fundraiser since 1960, e Ebony Fashion Fair. e price of tickets in Black community.
1960 was $3.50, with the General Admission ticket price rising to $60 and IT HAS been my pleasure and a privilege to serve, yet I have felt more
the Patron ticket costing $100 when the show ended in 2009. In the early passionate about National Trends & Services and Health & Human
years, funding was donated to local organizations. Later, funds were Services. I believe that my impact met my commitment “to serve my
designated for scholarships to deserving high school seniors matriculating community and my chapter to the best of my ability.”
to college.
THE LINKS program development is similar to that of sororities. Link M. Yvonne Williams
Programs in sororities are called “committees” and programs in e Links Active Platinum Member*
Portland (OR) Chapter

*Link Yvonne has attained Platinum member status. She is active, over 80 years of age, and has 48 years of service.

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Standing L–R: Kathryn Bogle, Mildred Reynolds, Jessie Johnson, Marguerite Williams, Carmen Walker, Clementyne Guy
Seated L–R: Name?, Name?, Annetta Brown, Fannie Chatman, Carmen Walker?, Name?

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LINKS, INCORPORATED 11

As Links
We lean into our unity
With our community

Intent on
Living the purpose of our words fervently

Relayed
rough a banquet of talents
Matching expectations and abilities
at we, as sisters, so readily

Display.


We are prescribed to be together
In this endeavor

Not by happenstance
But by a choice
at persists.

We convert our songs and pledges
Into manifestations of Friendships
at would be deemed impossible

If they didn't
Already exist.

Link Sylvia Welch
Portland (OR) Chapter

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OUR STORY

ATHRYN BOGLE, our organizer, was approached in 1951 by elma
Toms of San Francisco concerning organizing a Links Chapter in Portland.
In 1953, Lorraine Rickmond of Richmond, CA, contacted Kathryn, again
asking that she seriously consider organizing a chapter of the Links
in Portland. So in 1955, a group of eight women met in Kathryn's home with the
organization of a Links Chapter in mind. With optimism and enthusiasm, these eight
women formed a group called "Decem Plus". In the fall of 1956, this group was fully
organized as a pledge club with two additional women making a total of 10.
THE PURPOSES of the club were to strive through mutual endeavor to promote
civic, intercultural, and educational activities for both members and the community;
develop better inter-group relationships, and aid members to better understand and
assume their civic responsibilities on local and national levels.
SMALL PROJECTS began, such as serving coffee after Urban League and NAACP
meetings. Against this background, the 10 women were officially installed into the Links
Friendship Chain in November 1957. ese chartered members were: Kathryn Bogle,
Annetta Brown, Margorie Brown, Fannie Chatman, Clementyne Guy, Jessie M. Johnson,
Bernadette Plummer, Mildred Reynolds, Carmen Walker, and Marguerite Williams.
And thus began the Portland Chapter of e Links.

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Clementyne Guy, Marguerite Williams, Mildred Reynolds, Carmen Walker, Kathryn Bogle, 13
Jessie Johnson, Annetta Brown, Fannie Chatman, Bernadette Plummer, Marjorie Brown

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Early on, the Links have donated books to local libraries and other organizations.

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THE FACETS

N LINKDOM, the word “facet” is synonymous with the IN RESPONDING to broader societal concerns about civil and human

word “program”, e Links have dynamic transformational rights and democratic freedom, the National Trends & Services Facet was

programs. Programs that transform and enrich the lives of rst introduced at the 13th National Assembly in 1962. Assembly

people in the communities that we serve. “Education for Democracy” delegates added National Trends & Services to the National Program and

was the theme of the rst National Program. It was a four-year effort it was officially adopted at the 14th National Assembly in 1964.

focused on providing resources to students, such as scholarships, FREEDOM AND THE FINE ARTS, later abbreviated to e Arts,

nancial aid, tutoring, cultural enrichment, and more. became the third Facet. e Arts Facet was introduced at the 14th

IN 1958, Link Bernice Munce became the “Initiator of Links Assembly and was not endorsed until the 15th Assembly in 1966.

Programs” for services to youth. us, the rst facet, Services to Youth, AS OUR concerns took on a global view about human rights,

was launched at the 10th National Assembly. In addition to academic International Trends & Services was added in 1978 at e Links 21st

readiness, Services to Youth has expanded to include career development, National Assembly.

youth making right choices, education attainment and STEM education. WITH THE increasing issue of health disparities and its impact on the

Links were involved in sponsoring programs that addressed the range of well-being of people in the African American community, the Health &

factors impacting the quality of life for youth. Human Services was voted the fth Facet at the 36th Assembly in 2010.

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THE ARTS

he Arts and art festivals with youth as the primary focus of the chapter with
youth in its programs. On April 12, 1959, we held a Foreign Students Tea at
the YWCA. In 1968, the Links’ Festival of the Arts Collection was on
exhibit in eight model Portland Public Schools. In 1980, the chapter won an award for
the Festival of the Visual & Performing Arts Cultural Fair. Five “Celebration of the Arts”
Showcases were presented to talented young people of all ages in the performing and
visual arts by 2000. In 1986, e Arts and Services to Youth Facets held a Multi-cultural
Program at the Portland Art Museum and donated an artifact on exhibit in the Cameron
Room. at same year, instruments and a check were given to Boise-Eliot School.
OVER THE YEARS, the Arts Committee has participated in the Signature Arts
Program: “Classics through the Ages” and have won awards for their efforts. Art
Exposure: Family Film Festival was a two-year project featuring videos and lms shown
from 1997–1999. e project was underwritten by Self Enhancement, Inc (SEI), and
lms were shown at SEI. In 2018, e Arts Facet partnered with the Tacoma (WA)
Chapter in having student artists interact with each other. Mentors were identi ed to
work with Grant High School, Sydney Rawls on her arts discipline in acrylic painting.

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Bernadette, Milly, Annetta and Foreign Student Foreign Student, June Brown and Margorie Brown

Fannie Chatman and Cheryl Brown Mildred Reynolds
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July 8, 1976
Oregon Historical Society Building

Afro American Bicentennial Quilt
Kathryn Bogle, Quilt Committee Member
and Julian Bond pleased to see quilt block
depicting Fisk and the Jubilee Singers made
by June Brown. Beneath his left elbow is
block in honor of Leontyne Price made by

Rebecca Miller

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Addie Jean Haynes presents a check to Richard Menefee for the Boise/Eliot School Band. The Links also presented the school with instruments
to help the school have a marching band. Looking on are (left to right) Freddye Prophet; Glenn Ludtke, Band Director; Betty Campbell, Principal;

Jeanne Hartzog; Mildred Reynolds; Yvonne Williams; and Lydia Roy

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Reception for Jacob Lawrence at Portland Art Museum 1984

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Johnathon Green

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National Arts Week One of many arts exhibits
contents and festival
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Partnership with Rosemary Anderson High School/POIC 2007 Gees Bend Quilters 2007

Quilt makers at Rosemary Anderson High School Quilt makers at Rosemary Anderson High School

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STEAM Presentations at Jefferson High School Winning Presentation

STEAM Winner STEAM Participant
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Portland Art Museum partnership designed to give the student artist Stephanie Montgomery with Zun Lee, Canadian photographer,
the opportunity to have four years of visual arts exploration with physician, and educator at Portland Art Museum after Lecture on
access to courses, art institutions, and mentors.
photographic depictions of black life and culture
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Student Artist, Sydney Rawls, displays some of her acrylic paintings 29
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SERVICES TO YOUTH

n the 1960s, the “Youth in the Sixties” theme was stressed in all program
Facets. e Umbrella approach was implemented to include all program Facets
and emphasis was placed on Services to Youth.
IN THE ’80s and ’90s, Project L.E.A.D. (LINKS Erasing Alcohol & Drugs) was
strongly supported by Portland Public Schools and Connecting Link, Matthew Prophet,
also PPS Superintendent. e program was based at middle schools, Whitaker and
Ockley Green. Rosemary Anderson High School participated in the Links Umbrella
Program, Healthy YOUth for two years, Links mentored RAHS students each week. In
2007, the STEM program, NSBE Jr. called Steam Power, PDX began at Faubion
Elementary School in 2019.

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Backpack Giveaway Schoolhouse Supply 2009
Barbara Leonard, Jackie N. Brown, Elaine Hartzog, Johnnie Stokes, Karis Stoudamire holding her son, Michael Jr, Serena Ashley, Barbara Ward

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Members and Heir-o-Links pack school supplies at Madison High School for distribution to students at Rosemary Anderson High School 2012 33
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NSBE Jr 2018 37
Yvonne Williams, Barbara Ward, Estella Brame, René DuBoise, Natalie Hooper, Serena Ashley, Kymberlee Crowell, Johnnie Stokes, Linda Harris with

Faubion Elementary School students

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NATIONAL
TRENDS & SERVICES

n 1959, food donations were made to the Sunshine Division. is same year,
e Links received a Merit Certi cate from the NAACP for Outstanding
Service. In the early ‘60s, the Links partnered with the NAACP Legal
Defense Fund. Links made donations to the Northwest YWCA: Showers for Shelters
(Domestic Violence Shelter for Women and Children) and Winter shelter for the
homeless. e chapter participated in National Links, “Blanket of Hope” project, with
the distribution of green blankets donated to several agencies and groups. Blue Jeans were
donated to the Janis House for teens. During the winter, gloves, scarves, and hats were
donated to the Rafael House for abused women. In 2013, the Portland Chapter of e
Links began working with the League of Women Voters. Over the years, our partnership
has enabled us to keep abreast of local legislative issues that impact the community and
most recently, issues that are pertinent to the lives and well-being of Black people such as
“police reform”. Our annual trip to the state capitol for the Day at the Capitol has been a
long-standing tradition for chapter members. On March 23, 2018, Heir-O-Link
Adrienne C. Nelson was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Voter Registration 2012 Voter Registration at MLK Celebration at Highland Christian Church

Voter Registration at SEI 2019 Voter Registration at MLK Celebration 2020
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74th Oregon Legislative Assembly—2007
Senate Bill 931 Sponsored by Senator Margaret Carter; Senators Monnes, Anderson, Morrisette

(at the request of Myrna-Yvonne Williams for The Obesity Initiative)

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Proclamation: Comprehensive Gun Control 41
Submitted to National and Western Area May 1, 2018

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Jeans donated to Janis House for homeless youth Portland Committee on Community Engaged Policing

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INTERNATIONAL
TRENDS & SERVICES

he Portland Chapter of e Links has supported National’s initiatives
focused on Africa and Haiti. We have purchased Maama Kits (prevention of
HIV transmission during birth) and made donations to the United Nation’s
International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to an orphanage in Africa.

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United Nations Day held at the Forestry Center 47
Standing L-R: Freddye Prophet, Geneva Jones, Lydia R. Roy, Mildred Reynolds

Seated L-R: Bernice McCray, Jewel Johns

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Links in Haiti
Building water wells in Haiti

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Heart Health

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