Links Day at the Georgia Capitol 2013 took place on March 26 with members of The Links, Incorporated from 15 Georgia chapters located in Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Fort Valley, LaGrange, Macon and Savannah attending this full day of activities.
Georgia Legislators who are members of The Links, Incorporated — Senator Freddie Powell Sims (Albany) and Representative Carolyn Hugley (Columbus) – also served as honorary chairs of the event and welcomed the group of 100 plus women to the Georgia Capitol.
It was a lively panel dialogue devoted to the topic of “Closing the Achievement Gap in Education; Combating Childhood Obesity, and S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) that kicked off the discussions for the day. Moderated by Donna Lowery , WXIA TV (NBC), the panelists included Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College; Erroll Davis, superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools; Commissioner Gary Black, Georgia Department of Agriculture; and Georgia Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan
Discussing the Spelman College Wellness Revolution and the positive impact this program is making on Spelman women, Dr. Tatum thanked the Georgia Links for inviting her to participate on the panel and for recognizing the work being done at Spelman College around wellness literacy. “More importantly, I want to thank The Links for their advocacy in support of Georgia’s youth, especially as it relates to gun safety in our schools and colleges, and issues impacting student health, said Dr. Tatum. Superintendent Davis reminded the audience that he was in the “20th month of his 90-day-job” and encouraged The Links to participate in Atlanta Public
In addition to those Georgia Legislators who were on the program, other legislators who met with members of The Links, Incorporated during their visit included Representatives Dee Dawkins-Haigler, (Chair of the Black Caucus), Calvin Smyre (“Dean” of the Legislators), Craig Gordon (Savannah), Quincy Murphy (Augusta), LaDawn Jones (South Fulton County), Ernest Smith (Augusta), and others.