About The Links, Incorporated
History of the Birmingham (AL) Chapter
The Birmingham (AL) Chapter was the first chapter chartered in the state of Alabama. The Chapter was organized by Mayo T. Forniss and began with a core group named the Pacesetters. This forward-thinking group included eight social and civic-minded women: Hattie Calloway, Columbia Clayborne, Madeline Davis, Mayo T. Forniss, Minnie Gardner Gaston, Theodora Shores, Bernice Sterling, and Essie Taggart.
Following approval at the National Assembly of The Links, Incorporated, the following women were added to the charter group: Lucille T. Brewer, Rose T. Brown, Rose Coker, Nell Cole, Reva Coleman, Vara Hinton, Edythe T. Jones, Cleo Nelms, Naomia Patton, and Margaret Willis for a total of eighteen members.
Southern Area Director, Georgia Schank, installed the charter members of the Birmingham (AL) Chapter on February 4, 1956, as the 66th Chapter of The Links, incorporated. She was assisted by Clifford Wells, of Orlando, Florida, and Edna Gray of Chicago, Illinois. The Birmingham (AL) Chapter was sponsored by the Nashville (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Service through Leadership
The Birmingham (AL) Chapter has an illustrious history of service beyond the chapter level.
Several chapter members have served and continue to serve as committee chairs or on committees at the Area and National level, including:
Amyle Boykin Foster – Southern Area Chairperson for Services to Youth, 1990-1991
Tamara Harris Johnson – National Legislative Linkage Chairman, 1995-1997
Samuetta Nesbitt – Southern Area Journalist; Southern Area Education Linkage, Chairman, 1999-2003; Southern Area Archives Committee, 2007-2011; Southern Area Nominating Committee member, 2011-2013; National Archives and History Committee Links History Book Project, 2012-2013
Celestra Patton Teele – Southern Area Protocol Chair, 2003-2004
Carnetta Nabors Davis – Southern Area Archives Committee, 2012-2013; Southern Area Arts Chairman, 2015-2017 and 2017-2019, Southern Area Archives and History Chair 2023-2025
Ronda K. BeII – Southern Area International Trends and Services Chairman, 2019-2021
Debra Nelson – Southern Area Assistant to the Area Director, 2023-2025
Shia Hendricks - Southern Area Next-Gen Chair, 2023-2025
Diann Jackson - Southern Area LINKS-STEMREADY Chair, 2023-2025
The Birmingham (AL) Chapter continues to be a leading organization in service and philanthropy. We seek and foster partnerships with other organizations in our quest to impact and transform the lives of those we serve. Our efforts have resulted in award-winning programs, scholarships, and activities that have benefited citizens and communities in our city and throughout the world. Additionally, our programs are consistently recognized for excellence in service delivery and impact.