BWA VICE PRESIDENT KIMBERLY JEFFRIES LEONARD ELECTED NATIONAL PRESIDENT OF THE LINKS, INCORPORATED
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) offers heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Jeffries Leonard, BWA’s Vice President of Administration who was elected the 17th National President of The Links, Incorporated at the organization’s 41st National Assembly in Indianapolis.
One of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s volunteer service organizations, The Links, Incorporated is dedicated to enriching, sustaining, and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. It is comprised of 15,000 professional women of color in 288 chapters across the United States, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and the United Kingdom. Each year, members of the organization – business and civic leaders, educators, doctors, lawyers, elected officials, and activists – contribute more than one million documented hours of community service.
Dr. Jeffries Leonard joined The Links in 1996 and is a member of the Arlington, VA Chapter. She is a graduate of the organization’s prestigious Scott Hawkins Leadership Institute and has served The Links in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as its national vice president. Dr. Jeffries Leonard is the third member of the BWA Board of Directors to serve as The Links’ National President. She follows in the footsteps of Dolly Desselle Adams, Ph.D., the 8th National President of The Links who served from 1982-1986, and Gladys Gary Vaughn, Ph.D., who served in that capacity as the 13th National President, from 2002-2006.
Dr. Jeffries Leonard possesses a wealth of professional experience in the public health arena, including expertise in minority health and behavioral health programs, policies, and legislation. She served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She was also Chief Operating Officer of the District of Columbia’s Department of Health. Dr. Jeffries Leonard currently serves as President and CEO of Envision Consulting, LLC in Washington, DC and as chairperson of the District of Columbia’s Commission on African American Affairs.
A graduate of Fayetteville State University, Dr. Jeffries Leonard earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology from Howard University and a Master of Science Degree from North Carolina Central University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Washington, DC Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.
“As gatekeepers of justice and our communities, we are in a season like no other,” Jeffries Leonard said in her acceptance remarks. “I am honored to serve as the 17th president of The Links, Incorporated, and I look forward to inspiring our members as we step forward boldly and strategically on the issues we address, the battles we fight, and the way we use our voice.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Friday, September 18, 2020 – The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) went on the offensive today, hosting a virtual town hall devoted to protecting and securing the voting rights of African Americans and other people of color during its 43rd Annual Symposium. Moderated by Heather McGhee, Board Chair, The Color of Change, a panel of prominent political activists and observers – including Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach and Co-chair, Poor People’s Campaign; Dr. Johnetta B. Cole, anthropologist, educator and Board Chair of The National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., an esteemed author, commentator and Chairman of Princeton University’s Department of African-American Studies, and Aisha C. Mills, a nationally renowned political strategist and social impact advisor – discussed strategies for combatting voter suppression, registering and engaging African-American voters, and ensuring that they have the opportunity to make their voices heard.
The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc. (BWA) has partnered with Common Cause, an organization fighting for an accountable government, equal rights / opportunities / representation and empowering voices in the political process to get out the vote and protect the vote. This partnership will allow individuals and organizations to expand their community outreach by ensuring that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count.
The Election Protection Program provides Americans from coast to coast with comprehensive information and assistance at all stages of voting – from registration, to absentee and early voting, to casting a vote at the polls, to overcoming obstacles to their participation.
The Black Women’s Agenda endorses federal, state and local government public health warnings prescribed to mitigate the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS~CoV-2) (formerly called HCoV-19 and commonly called COVID-19).
The assertion that coronavirus only threatens older people has been debunked. While data is rapidly being compiled, COVID-19 is trending across all age demographics because of the potentially high transmission from virus shed in asymptomatic patients and the ability for the virus to remain infectious in the air for hours and on surfaces such as plastic and steel for days.