The Bucks County (PA) Chapter of The Links Inc. held its third annual Legends High Tea on Dec. 26 at The Logan Hotel on Benjamin Franklin Parkway

“This event celebrates generations of fabulous African-American women who are mothers, daughters, sisters and friends,” said chapter president Tayna Longino.

The event is an intergenerational gathering aimed at inspiring young women to embrace the African proverb, “It takes a village.”

“In so doing, we honor and walk proudly in the footsteps that our beloved foremothers paved,” Longino said.

The keynote speaker was Sheila Oliver, speaker emeritus of the New Jersey General Assembly. The Lincoln University alumnus is the first African-American woman to head a legislative body in the state and the only second one to do so nationally.

The Democratic assemblywoman was the first inductee into the chapter’s Legends Circle of Firsts, which features African-American women who are trailblazers in their professions.

Guests ranged in age from 8 to 98, and included Links Inc. members from chapters in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The event was highly interactive and provided an opportunity for guests to expand their networks.

In the past, funds raised primarily supported the chapter’s scholarship efforts. However, as part of Links’ national HBCU initiative, the Bucks County chapter was informed that several Lincoln University seniors were in jeopardy of not graduating because they lacked full funding for their tuitions. In response, the recent Legends Tea was a fundraiser to benefit the Lincoln University students.

“We feel honored to partner with Lincoln University to not only help raise funds for those students, but also to shed light on the importance of leaving our financial footprint at Lincoln University and other HBCUs,” Longino said about support historically Black colleges and universities.

Other current officers serving with Longino are: Mynetta B. Edwards, Johanna Daye, Dr. Marion Lane and Rosalind Williford. Deborah Camp-Frye is the past president.

Members of the chapter are: Tonya Hallett, Annette Kelton, Tracie Mattison, Rhoda McKinney-Jones, Rose Miller, Nancy Reid, Lisa Reynolds Smoots, Gwen Scott Hodges, Carla Stinnette-Miller, Susan Stukes-Camp, Cherylayne Walker, Karen Williams, Darlene Adams, Linda Bodley , Karima I.A. Bouchenafa, Millicent Brown, Aliya Browne, Maxine Carson, Pamela Chivis-Joynes, Zelda Davis-Jones, Dawn DuVerney Wilkins, Melodie Gardner, Patricia Grant, Emma Guion, Inez Bell, Gloria Brown, Cornelia Camp, Doris DeLeon, Vivienne Harris, Ruth Johnson, Margery Mallory, Victoria Marcos, Deartra M. Maxwell, Willie Mitchell and Alice Swann.

“We successfully captured the essence of what we wanted the Legends Tea to convey to our daughters that we are your protective village for you to call on, as you are on your way to your great destiny,” said Stinnette-Miller, the 2015 Legends Tea chair.

Members of the committee who diligently worked with Stinnette-Miller were Aliya Browne, Deborah Camp-Frye, Zelda Davis-Jones, Dawn DuVerney Wilkins, Mynetta Edwards, Tonya Hallett, Tonya Jones, Lisa Reynolds Smoots, Clarice Taylor and Rosalind Williford.

Congratulations and best wishes to The Bucks Co (PA) Chapter of The Links Inc.!

Have a fantastic week, “Out & About,” everyone!

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