Friends transforming communities through service.


Enrich communities and improve the quality of life for people of African descent through friendship and service.

Core Values

Friendship, Service, legacy, respect, family relationships, honesty/truth, confidentiality, integrity, courage, responsibility/accountability

Chapter Organizer

Mrs. Fannie C. Smith ignited an undertaking that would make history and forever change the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Charter Members

In November 1957, a group of accomplished African-American women chartered the Dallas (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Seated Front Left to Right: Links Marie S. Burke, Esther B. Brown, Annette W. Flowers, Lettie Pauline Lane, and Frances McShann.

Second Row Seated Left to Right: Links Jimmie T. Brashear and Fannie C. Smith

Third Row Standing Left to Right: Links Rowena W. Blackmon, Ruth L. White, Amanda Ruth Smith, Marion H. Dillard Crump, Vareta P. Gulley, Ruth D. Shelton and Etta W. Culmer.

Celebrating Excellence

The Dallas (TX) Chapter of the Links, Inc brought the Ebony Fashion Show to North Texas for over 50 years, beginning in 1958.  This event was the ultimate experience in showcasing Black designers and models.

Supporting Scholars

Providing scholarships to Dallas-area students has been a part of the fabric of the Dallas (TX) Chapter since the 1980s.

Community Service

Community Service is at the core of the Dallas (TX) Chapter values.  Members have been volunteering at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center since 1988.

STEAM Academy

Launched in 2012, the STEAM Academy, an Umbrella program incorporating our five facets engages 7th to 12th grade female scholars of color in exciting activities that increases STEAM awareness and career readiness.  We offer the scholars opportunities and experiences they might not otherwise receive in their current environment.


Women Who STEAM

The inaugural Women Who STEAM Awards Luncheon was held in 2019.  With such great success, it has become our annual fundraiser that spotlights outstanding women in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics who exemplify extraordinary contributions in their fields while also serving, teaching, excelling, aspiring and mentoring within their workplaces and communities.

65 Years and Going...

The Dallas (TX) Chapter presently has over 50 members that contribute thousands of service hours annually that strengthen our community and enhance our nation.

Our History

Since 1957, the Dallas (TX) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated has consisted of women who have been at the helm of numerous vital community service programs in Dallas.