Our Local History

The Stockton Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, was chartered on October 16, 1966. The charter members are: Geraldine Bagby, Janet Buckingham, Mae Hill, Kathryn Hughley, Evelyn Jackson, Carol King, Andre’ McDonald, Rebecca Moore, Shirley Washington and Anne Williams. In establishing its national affiliation, the Stockton Chapter became one of hundreds of chapters throughout the United States, whose members are Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.

The primary goals of the newly chartered chapter were to aid its members in better understanding and assuming the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship on the local and national levels, encourage the use of the Arts in delivering enriched human relations, and addressing concerns and issues impacting persons of African descent. To that end, the first service project consisted of sponsoring nine students to attend the Maxine Dalben Art Studio Summer Art Camp. Another community project was the sponsorship of the Montezuma Little League Baseball Team, an intercity team comprised of minority players.

For over four decades the Stockton Chapter has demonstrated excellence in civic, educational and cultural programs and activities. The Chapter’s programs and activities reflect the mission and purpose of the national organization through its five facet program areas: National Trends and Services, The Arts, International Trends and Services, Services to Youth and Health and Human Services.

The Stockton Chapter is particularly proud of its collaboration with many other community based organizations and institutions. Namely, Stockton Unified School District, Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, NAACP, Haggin Museum, Kaiser Permanente, San Joaquin Delta College,Head Start, and University of California, Cal Fresh Nutrition Education program.

Over the years, the Chapter’s annual fundraisers—Ebony Fashion Fair and Hats Off Luncheon, have afforded the chapter to award thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating high school students, and supporting our community services and programs.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, the Stockton Chapter continues to strive for excellence in vital areas of eliminating health and educational disparities, and being a beacon of light and ray of hope in the communities it serves.