The Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, has again collected and assembled items for the Haitian Survival Kit Drive, commemorating the third anniversary of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake. We hold the event at the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Citizen Center in Cambria Heights, NY.
Our community came together aiding those who still continue to suffer from this horrible event by collecting and assembling the survival kits. It was a tremendous experience and we are happy to report that we prepared 500+ kits, in addition, the chapter collected funds in the amount of $800! The funds are slated to cover the costs for the transportation of the kits in barrels to Haiti. Ms. Vicki Sylvain, of 1199 SEIU, was on hand to receive the proceeds and the kits.
Special recognition and thank you to Link Joi's daughter Sydney and her classmate Nicole Anigbogu who were both on hand preparing the kits today. Sydney also spearheaded her own survival kit drive at her high school. In addition, we were excited to have Karen Clements, reporter from the Community Of Color Newspaper who was on hand to capture this moment for us. We are pleased to announce that she will publish our event in the newspaper's February, 2014 edition. Please be on the lookout for this article.
Shortly after our event, we received a call from the Ladies of Delta Sigma Theta, Queens Chapter. They collected items for our drive and that was wonderful news that we had additional items.
On Sunday, February 5th, 2012, The Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and York College Committee for Black History Month held it's Annual Read-In. This annual event invites literary giants big and small to share their works with the community. As Moderator, and Chair of the Arts Facet Renee Y. Banks, introduced President of the Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Patricia A. Thomas, who introduced Dr. Jean Phelps, York College professor; Sandra E. Berger, Links Incorporated Eastern Area Consult; and Dr. Geneva Walker-Johnson, Vice President of Student Development.
Cheryl Wills, NY1 Anchor and author of Die Free served as Master of Ceremonies. She began the poem, "Life for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair, by Langston Hughes. Cheryl also recited an excerpt from her historical account in Die Free.
Denis Gray recited an excerpt from his book Lucky, while his wife, Barbara Gray perform an interpretive dance.
Cheryl Wills, began the Read-In with "Conversations With the Authors", introducing our featured authors.
Lindamichellebaron spoke about her book, The Sun Is On, which has been distributed throughout the city school system. Many teachers have used it as a tool when teaching poetry. Love people in spite of themselves was a lesson to be learned in "for the Love of Life", and for young people who don't know who they are, "You're Not Talking to Me" is the poem to be read. She ended the conversation with "Yeah I'm Talking to You". Michelle was entertaining and open about her work.
Terri Williams spoke about the unresolved pains we have inherited from our parents. Of her book, Black Pain, she spoke of the suffering that comes with depression. After suffering with depression, she is committed to share her story and promote "getting a check-up from the neck-up". She believes that the are 5 or 6 personalities in each of us and to find where the wholes are in each. Terri also believes that being silent during slavery saved us, but being silent now is destroying our communities. Black Pain, began telling her story of depression in Essence Magazine. The Stay Strong Foundation, which Terri started, is a place for young people to share their challenges, in a safe environment.
Denis Gray is the author of 32 novels. He share excerpts from his most recent novel, Lucky - Jazz on The River, which is set in 1921. It is the story of a riverboat jazz singer.
Danny Simmons spoke about his latest poetry book. Each poem 162 characters to fit the text screen of his iphone. I Dreamed My People, But I Couldn't Find Them, was inspired by a painting which he interpreted as our not being connected to our history and how home is where we find each other. As an artist, some his poems match his paintings.
Councilman Leroy Comrie spoke on the importance of supporting African American authors, remembering and celebrating the history of all African Americans.
The afternoon continued with an Open MIC Poetry Jam. Presenters shared their literary works and entertained the audience at York College. It was an enjoyable, enlightening and educational beginning to Black History Month.
On January 11th, 2009, Dress for Success Worldwide celebrated the Success of its Queens and Bronx Professional Women’s Group members. The mission of the Professional Women’s Group is to provide our network of employed Dress for Success women with the partnership of support, practical information and inspiration to achieve self-defined success in career and life. The stepping up ceremony hosted by the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links Inc. and sponsored by Citibank, lauded the achievements of 15 women, whose hard work, and dedication to self improvement, earned them privileges bestowed solely to alumni members of the elite women’s organization. Their new status affords them opportunities to be Dress for Success ambassadors, gaining access to financial literacy, entrepreneurial and leadership programs, Among the celebrants were CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, Joi Gordon, President of the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc., Renee Bluford, and Citi Managing Director, Global Community Relations, Natalie Abatemarco. The Graduates consisted largely from members of the Queens Branch of Dress for Success, with whom the LINKS have had a year long relationship; providing speakers and mentoring opportunities to the group. Instrumental in this partnership has been Link Jackie Arrington-Pinkard, and Link Shelly Ennett.”
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Queens Borough President Helen Marshall (right) is sworn into a third term by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown (left) with some help from her husband Donald Marshall.
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Students in the class of Ms. Nicole Simmon at PS 1116Q with Link Maxcine Agee and Link Janet Baker-Banks learned the importance of saving, planning and preparing for future career goals. The students were also told of the importance of keeping up with current events in the financial world. Learning the difference between banks, stocks and bonds, and various financial institutions is an essential part of financial planning. The students found out that they could prepare for their future now as it does not require a large amount of money to aim for high rewards in the future. During the Q & A students were given the opportunity to ask questions related to their own personal interests and goals.
If You Could Be Her For A Day, Who Would You Be? This event will be both educational and inspirational. We intend to have fun with these young future leaders while exploring women’s global leadership both past and present. Students will select the leader they would like to impersonate, and together, we will create costumes and prepare a one minute speech. Our young leaders will WOW an audience of teachers, administrators, parents, family, friends and members of the Greater Queens Chapter of the Links, Inc. with our version of coming to life- wax figures at an international day to be held at TYWLS in March, 2010.
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Borough President Helen Marshall spoke to the women of the Professional Women's Group.
In 1989, the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English accepted sponsorship of a nation wide Read-In on the first Sunday of February.
The Greater Queens Chapter of the Links Incorporated and York College sponsored the Annual Read-In on February 6th, 2011. The presenters were excellent and their selections were both inspiring and moving. Some presenters performed original works and some recited works of well known authors. Works from Maya Angelou and Martin Luther King, Jr. were among those performed.
The presenters: Darryl Alladice, C. Janet Banks, DuEwa Frazier, Kesha Hill, and Anthony A. Mungin shared their favorite literary works. Barbara and Denis Gray performed “A Motherless Child”. Mr. Gray sang acapella while Ms. Gray performed an interpretive dance.
The thrust of the Eastern Area Arts Facet is to continue leading the way with exceptional artistic and educational programming.
Sandra Berger, The Eastern Area Arts Chair, Patricia Thomas, President of the Greater Queens Chapter and Renee Y. Banks, Arts Facet Chair, Dr. Jean Phelps, Professor - York College.
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