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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
Gymnastics Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
Live Long And Prosper.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1951
Birth Location:
Nashville, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Education Administrator
Gymnastics Coach

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Turquoise
Favorite Food:
Potatoes
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
Live Long And Prosper.

Birthplace

Born:
10/22/1951
Birth Location:
Nashville
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Biography

Tri-Star Gymnastics founder and multicultural education specialist, Lynn Allen was born October 22, 1951, in Nashville, Tennessee to educators, Richard and Ruby Stephenson. After having lived in Fort Chafee, Arkansas, the family moved to Chicago where Allen attended Copernicus, Burnside, and McDade elementary schools. Playing the piano and saxophone, Allen graduated from Harlan High School in June of 1969. At the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Allen majored in secondary education and minored in physical education; in her junior year, she began taking tumbling and gymnastics classes and made the women’s gymnastics team.

Graduating in June of 1973, Allen began teaching history at Chicago’s Unity High School; at the same time, she also started a gymnastics club. Allen went on to open Lynn Allen’s Gymnastics Center on July 5, 1977, to train children between the ages of 2 and 18; over time, the program moved from a tiny storefront to a larger warehouse space on Chicago’s South Side. Allen’s gymnastics school was featured in several local newspapers, including The Chatham Citizen, the April/May 1982 issue of Dollars and Sense magazine, and on the television news magazine Two on Two with Harry Porterfield in 1981 on WBBM Channel 2 in Chicago.

In 1983, the program moved to the Oak Park, Illinois, recreation department. In September of 1988, Allen’s Tri-Star Gymnastics, Inc. was established as a completely independent non-profit organization and moved to a 7,200 square foot warehouse; five years later the program moved to Forest Park. Tri-Star Gymnastics remains a culturally diverse program that serves some 800 children per week from Oak Park, Forest Park, River Forest, Maywood, Cicero, Berwyn and throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area.

Allen later returned to college to earn her M.A. degree in school leadership in 2003, and became the Director of Multicultural Education for Oak Park School District 97 in November of 2003.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lynn Carol Allen's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about her mother's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen explains how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls her childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers Chicago's Burnside Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls becoming interested in history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen describes the neighborhood of Chatham in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers her childhood friend, Charlotte Thuston
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls the community of Chatham in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her activities as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lynn Carol Allen describes Chicago's John Marshall Harlan High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers the band at Chicago's John Marshall Harlan High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her political engagement as a girl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen explains why she wore her hair natural
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers teaching at Chicago's Unity Catholic High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers deciding to attend University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about pop culture from her childhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lynn Carol Allen compares the Black Panther Party to the Black Muslims
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lynn Carol Allen describes the social atmosphere at University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her interest in African American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers learning gymnastics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers opening Lynn Allen's Gymnastics Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls negative assumptions about the South Side of Chicago
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers moving her gym to Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about leading African American women gymnasts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about gymnastics programs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers founding Tri-Star Gymnastics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her annual gym show
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen describes the diversity of Tri-Star Gymnastics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about body image issues in gymnastics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen remembers her gymnastics student, Agina Simpkins
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen describes the benefits of Chicago area gymnastics programs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lynn Carol Allen describes the dangers of gymnastics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lynn Carol Allen explains how she became involved in the Oak Park School District
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls dealing with a racist mural in an Oak Park school
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen recalls becoming the multicultural education director of Oak Park School District 97
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her work as director of multicultural education
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about mediating between parents and teachers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about the minority student achievement gap
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lynn Carol Allen reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lynn Carol Allen reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lynn Carol Allen describes her hopes and concerns for Oak Park, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about her children, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lynn Carol Allen talks about her children, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lynn Carol Allen lists her siblings
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lynn Carol Allen describes how she would like to be remembered