It all began in 2008 when Link Member Gloria Smith, submitted and was awarded a grant from the Pima Arts Council on behalf of the Tucson Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The grant was to make a Bronze sculpture, commissioned and donated by the Tucson (AZ) Links to honor two women who dedicated their lives to improve the lives of those living in their neighborhood, the South Park community. The sculpture depicts Margaret Campbell (Novelist) giving a book to Quincie Douglas (a Community Advocate). The artist was selected via an agreement and Quin Davis was selected to complete the statue. The statue is a staple at the Quincie Douglas Library!
By 2011 the Tucson (AZ) Links were developing strategies to help students with reading and STEM projects at the Quincie Douglas Library. Shortly thereafter the “Two Women Who Did” Legacy Award was developed and based on these two women who were Pioneers in the Tucson community. The Legacy Award is given annually to two women in recognition of their contributions and impact while making a difference in the Tucson community.
The National Trends and Services Facet of the Tucson Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has been pleased to be a catalyst for awareness to promote community education and empowerment. The National Trends and Services, a Facet of The Tucson Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are hosts to an annual community awards event to acknowledge African American women who have made a difference and had a significant impact in the lives of others in our Tucson community. This award is known as the “Two Women Who Did”.
The awards event serves as a platform to empower young women to become leaders and advocates in their own right in our community. Some of the women who have been recognized are: Etta Dawson, Rita Elliott, Chrisila Bristow, Gloria Smith, and Kaylen Jones.
Mrs. Quincie Douglas moved to the South Park Neighborhood in 1947 and became a community activist. She helped acquire a food program for low income residents which continues to this day. She also helped establish the LIFTS program (Low Income Free Transportation Service). It later became the Van Tran bus service for residents and continues to operate under the Tucson Transportation System. A community center, library, and swimming facility were all named in her honor.
Mrs. Margaret Campbell was the first female African American novelist in Arizona. She published her book, Iba the Dawn in 1912. She lived in the South Park neighborhood at Santa Rita and 29th Street in an underground home. Mrs. Campbell began digging to build the foundation in her home by herself and brought in workmen to complete the job. Her home had three floors, one of which housed a piano. She spoke five languages and gave piano lessons to neighborhood children.
Photo by Joe Jackson
The Green Ball hosted by the Tucson Chapter of The Links, Incorporated in Partnership with the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank was held at Ventana Canyon Resort.
Monies were raised and donated to the food bank along with an entry requirement of a bag of non-perishable items. Sponsors including: Subaru Auto, Chapman Auto, AAA of Arizona, Mesch, Clark, Rothschild Attorney’s, Elliott Accounting, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Abbott Taylor Jewelers, The United Way of Tucson and Tucson Volvo.
Food insufficiency pulls at everyone’s heart strings so it was with great pleasure that the Links teamed to support the efforts of the food bank.
A night of fun, dancing, a silent auction, words from the Green Grocer, and awards to honor Michael McDonald the CEO of the Foodbank!
Styne Hill President of the Tucson (AZ) Links and Former U of A and NBA Retired Player Bob Elliott were chairperson. Beverely Elliott, Chair of the Fundraising Committee along with Felicia Jackson, Dinah McGlory, DeAnna Yarbrough and Cesanee Johnson were on hand to make sure things went well, while Pam Fleming, Doreen Davis, and Cecilia Taylor checked our guests in for a great evening! Links Doreen Davis was all smiles presenting the Chair Beverely Elliott and the Tucson President, Styne Hill with flowers for the their work and dedication!
Photo by Joe Jackson
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