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Links, Inc. honors unsung heroes

The Spokane Chapter of Links, Inc. will celebrate its 35th anniversary at its annual White Rose Brunch at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., in Airway Heights.

Women seeking to improve the culture and quality of life in the community through education opportunities, economic development and public policy to sustain the cultural and the economic survival of African-Americans and other people of African ancestry established the Spokane chapter May 27, 1978.

Links, Inc., will honor barber Larry Roseman, Faith Washington and Nordstrom, Inc., in Spokane.

Fannie Bush, past president, said Larry for years was the only African-American barber in town. 

In addition to his barbershop being a locale for discussing issues and concerns of society, the community and people’s lives, he has supported local youth groups, baseball and basketball teams, and young people who want to go to college.

Faith, who works at Inland Imaging, has promoted women’s health, including starting My Sister’s Temple Mamm Parties to educate women about the importance of mammogram screenings.  In addition, women came together at those gatherings to talk about other issues of women’s health, such as diabetes.

At Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Faith is a deaconess.

Nordstrom Spokane is one of 193 fashion specialty retail stores in the chain that started as a shoe store in Seattle in 1901.

“It has been a loyal supporter of the Links, Inc. scholarship fund and programs,” Fannie said.

“In previous years, we have recognized youth at the White Rose Brunch, but this year we decided to recognize some unsung heroes who are giants in their service to the community,” she said. 

“In their subtle, quiet ways, they are able to do what needs to be done, acting with no fanfare,” Fran added.

Each year, Links, Inc. gives at least two scholarships, one to a young man and one to a young woman who are entering college.

For information, call 534-9071 or email ifbush@aol.com.



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