During the next two years of community service, this "interest group" initiated their pursuance of national affiliation with the Links, Incorporated. Approaching their installation, 6 talented women were invited to join them in friendship and service.
The Metropolitan Women's League was founded in 1985 in Houston, Texas by Hildred Moorehead Webb. The purpose was to establish a group of 20 women, committed to both friendship and service. In a collaborative frame of mind, these women determined that combining their efforts, skills and talent would result in a positive and valuable difference to enhance the quality of life for African-Americans and other citizens in the sprawling metropolitan city of Houston.
Their dream became a reality on May 16, 1987 when 26 members of the Metropolitan Women's League became the Charter members of the Port City (TX) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. The Port City (TX) Chapter is the third chapter chartered in the greater Houston area. The early endeavors of the chapter focused many of the programs upon specific target groups including families and elderly residents in public housing throughout the city of Houston.
Chapter members implemented programs at the Shape Community Center, the Golden Age Hobby House and the Riverside Multi-Service Center. Members worked at the Blue Triangle YMCA and served as docents at the original Children's Museum on Allen Parkway.
The annual Oratorial Contest (grades 3-12) was started in 1989 and for many years was the chapter's "Signature Program." Twenty-six women had a common vision—to make a difference in the lives of others, while forging a common bond of unbreakable friendship!
We are extremely proud of our rich legacy, as we continue to build upon the foundation created by the chartering members. We are the “Profound, Port City, Pacesetters! Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service.”
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. Today the membership consists of over 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. Visit our national website to learn more.
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