Links Inc. on Friday dedicated it’s newly renovated national headquarters in the District as part of a weekend of festivities.

The crowd gathers at the Links, Incorporated ribbon cutting ceremony in Northwest DC on November 11, 2011. (Hamil R. Harris/The Washington Post)

“This place represents the hopes, aspirations, accomplishments and the collective work of all of the presidents who followed Link Dolly Adams,” said Links National President Margot James Copeland as she cut the ribbon on the a red brick three story building in the 1200 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Started by a “circle” of nine friends in 1946, Links Inc. is made up business executives, members of Congress and many other influential African American women. The organization moved into its first national home in the District in 1974 and have continued to expand.

Links has 274 chapters in 42 states across the country and in the District of Columbia and the Bahamas.

The District is home to several prominent African American organizations. In 1995, the National Council of Negro Women, moved into their national headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

 In addition to the building dedication, the Links will have a black-tie gala Saturday night hosted by Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid and featuring Grammy-award winning singer Will Downing.

Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of the Johnson Publishing Company, will receive the organization’s highest honor. A special church service is planned at Metropolitan AME Church.

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