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Links kick off their 60th anniversary
On April 8, 2010, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Links, Inc., kicked off their 60th anniversary at the historic Wilshire Ebell of Los Angeles with "An Arts Retrospective," a reception celebrating African-American artists who the Chapter has supported and who have served as a catalyst, enhancing the Chapter's efforts to bring art and arts programs to our community for the past sixty years. The event highlighted the artwork of major African American artists including Richmond Barthe, Maren Hassinger, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Joe Ray, Sanford Biggers, Winston Branch, Keith Collins, Emilio Cruz, Alonzo Davis, and Synthia Saint James, among others. "Our community has been enriched by these artists, arts organizations, art patrons and art lovers. They have brought us closer to one another by providing us with a knowledge and understanding of history, culture and the world in which we live," said Event Chair, Link Anitha Mitchell Logan, M.D. The artwork featured at the reception will be on display until April 22, 2010. Some of the pieces exhibited include "Mary McLeod Bethune" by Richmond Barthe, "The Lantern" by Romare Bearden, "Too Miles: The Trajectory" by Sanford Biggers, and "Muhammed Ali" tapestry by Keith Collins.The Los Angeles Links were delighted to provide a special tribute to three pioneering women who have been instrumental in the Chapter's efforts to bring art to our community-Aurelia Brooks, a founding member of the first Black Arts Council, which started the Black art movement in Los Angeles, Samella Lewis, founder of the Museum of African Art in Los Angeles, and Alitash Kebede, a founding member of the Photographic Arts Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.Mitchell sincerely acknowledged the "tireless efforts" of her event committee comprised of her fellow Chapter members, Links Jasmine Bowers, M.D., Kathryn Edwards, Ph.D., Phyllis Forneret, Thelma Houston, Barbara Trotter, Ed.D., Teresa Wallette, Pam Washington, Esq., Deborah Beavers Watford, and Sandra Wellington, Esq. The Links, Inc. Western Area Director, Link Barbra Ruffin-Boston eloquently recognized the L.A. Chapter's commitment to the African-American arts community, followed by 60th Anniversary Celebration Committee Co-Chairs, Links Jacqueline Ryan and the Honorable Veronica McBeth, who gave a sneak peek at what the Chapter has planned for the 60th Anniversary Luncheon on September 11, 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey. The luncheon will be a phenomenal event celebrating the Chapter's sixty years of service, dedication, and commitment to the Los Angeles community. A lively and engaging program is being planned. Highlights include live music and the showcasing of a dynamic video that chronicles the history of the Chapter and the many charitable contributions made during the past six decades including contributions to youth organizations, facilities for the elderly, educational institutions, and health initiatives. The Los Angeles Links' 60th Anniversary Luncheon will be attended by community leaders, members from Links chapters throughout California, and former Los Angeles Links Debutantes. You certainly will not want to miss this extraordinary and historic event, which will be open to the public. Please watch for additional information by visiting the Chapter's website at www.thelalinksinc.org