The Wilmington NC Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is partnering with the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering mentoring a group of young ladies during the school year. The Links meet with these ladies approximately twice monthly, as the school calendar allow, to work on different learning and experiential activities. On December 12, 2016, the Links provided educational activities on Kwanzaa, which included a history of Kwanzaa and specific observances for the principles of Kwanzaa; a story that incorporated the principles of Kwanzaa; and coloring activities involving Kwanzaa principles. The Links and their participating young ladies enjoyed the session and best wishes were extended for a joyous holiday season.

Our young ladies of Rachel Freeman School of Engineering

Our young ladies of Rachel Freeman School of Engineering

Link Wanda Sloan explaining the activities of the session with our young ladies.

Display of the symbols representing the principles of Kwanzaa for the participants.

Link Faye Jacobs presenting the Kwanzaa traditions and principles

Young ladies actively coloring in their Kwanzaa booklets.

Link Emma Jackson, Chapter President

On December 12, 2016, New Hanover County Schools held a retirement reception and program for Link Emma H. Jackson.  Link Emma was retiring after over 50 years of dedicated service to the youth of New Hanover County.  Link Emma was also the recipient of The Order of The Long leaf Pine, which is the most prestigious award conferred by the Governor of North Carolina.  The Order of the Long leaf Pine is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.

Link Emma Jackson began her illustrious career with New Hanover County Schools as a teacher at the former James B. Dudley Elementary School. She continued to excel in teaching at Peabody and Alderman Schools and was then named the first assistant principal at Snipes Elementary School.

As the challenges of the Civil Rights movement swept the nation, Link Emma was selected to serve as principal of Wrightsville Beach Elementary. With her boundless energy, quick wit and love for children, she quickly won over the parents and students and became one of the school's most beloved leaders. Then she went on to open Bellamy Elementary as their first principal and subsequently served as principal with distinction at Pine Valley Elementary and Gregory School of Science, Math and Technology.

After her principalships, Link Emma was promoted to Executive of Instruction and Title I. She has also served as the Federal Programs Director and is currently serving as Director of Elementary Education.

Link Emma’s work in the community is legendary. She has served on some of the top boards and committees in the state to lead and shape education in North Carolina. Locally, she has served as a leader in several prestigious civic and community organizations such as Jack and Jill, The Links, Incorporated and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church where she has taught Sunday School and held many leadership positions.

She has been married to Mr. Russell Jackson for over 50 years and is the mother of Marcella Watkins and Tamika Jackson, and grandmother of Briana.






Link Mercedes Ioma Jones Newsome

It is with deep sadness that the Wilmington (NC) Chapter inform you of the passing of our dear member and past president, Link Mercedes Ioma Jones Newsome.  Link Newsome transitioned on Thursday, October 27, 2016.  Link Newsome was initiated into the Wilmington (NC) Chapter on May 13, 1995.  She leaves to cherish her memory, Connecting Link Carter W. Newsome, Heir-O-Link Paula Newsome, and granddaughter Ayanna Washington.  Celebration of Life Services were held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Wilmington, NC.

The Wilmington, North Carolina Chapter of The Links, Incorporated presents the

45th Annual Fine Arts Brunch

"Building a Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future"

Link Dolly Deselle Adams, Ph.D., 8th National President of The Links, Inc. will be our speaker.

Wilmington Convention Center
515 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Donation: $40.00 per person


The celebration included Anthony Williams as our guest artist .  Anthony is a junior at Isaac Bear Early College High School and he plays the cello.  The kids were excited to learn about the cello and had many questions for Anthony. We  were treated to several musical selections and enjoyed them all. . Refreshments were served and gift bags given to all the kids.


Link Carol E. Malloy

It is with a great deal of sadness that the Wilmington (NC) Chapter reports the passing of Link Carol E. Malloy. Memorial Services have been held (Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church (USA).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center, Fund Development
1414 Physicians Drive
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Condolences may be shared with Connecting Link Bill Malloy at:

~ Message sent on behalf of President Dorothy DeShields.


Link Carol Mallory working with ROCAME students in New Hanover County Schools










In Haiti, as in most countries, children are required to have on a pair of shoes in order to attend school. Unfortunately, many children are not able to start or complete their education because they have no access to schools. The Wilmington Chapter of The Links, Inc. partnered with Sole 2 Soul to collect shoes (donated by our community) and send them to needy children in Haiti. Sandra Huth of Sole 2 Soul and her husband delivered the shoes this month and send us pictures of lots of kids with new shoes! We're glad to have helped get these children back into their classrooms! If you donated shoes, we thank you!