The Links Unveils the Links Education and Cultural Center at the National Civil Rights Museum Today
The Links Foundation, Incorporated will unveil the new Links Education and Cultural Center at the National Civil Rights Museum on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at noon.
The unveiling will be officiated by Margot James Copeland, national president of The Links, Incorporated and Gladys Gary Vaughn, 13th national president of The Links, Incorporated.
"As an organization devoted to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans, it is our solemn duty to honor those who paved the way for social and economic justice for African Americans. Our success as a people, and as a nation rests on the shoulders of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Dr. Dorothy Height and the legion of others who forged down roads they were told they couldn't travel," said Copeland. "This contribution is important, for it symbolizes that The Links are dedicated to educating our youth and our community about the importance of preserving civil and social justice progress in this country."
"This grant is significant because it is imperative that African-American organizations build their wealth in order to survive and maintain," said Vaughn, 13th national president who was at the helm of the organization when the museum was selected to receive the $1 million grant. "Supporting the museum in building their endowment will help provide a firm financial footing that will sustain the organization for years to come."
In 2006, The Links Foundation approved a multi-year grant of $1 million to support the work of the museum and establish an endowment through the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. The organization has now completed its pledge allowing for the establishment of the Links Education and Cultural Center. The Links Education and Cultural Center is an important resource to educators that affords young people a more hands-on and experiential approach to learning and understanding the American Civil Rights Movement.
"Thanks to the generous support of The Links, Incorporated we now have a center that will be used as a learning laboratory. One that helps to better connect the past with the present through interactive activities, summer institutes, docent programs, living history presentations and after-school programs," said Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum. "Also, as an extension of the museum's permanent exhibitions, this center's curriculum and activities will promote deeper discussions and exploration of the content in greater detail."
The center is designed to attract educators, scholars, students, activists and the general public in providing engaging ways for them to learn this history.