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W. George Allen

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
N/A
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
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Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1936
Birth Location:
Sanford, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Lawyer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
N/A
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
3/3/1936
Birth Location:
Sanford
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Biography

Attorney W. George Allen was born on March 3, 1936, in Sanford, Florida, to Lessie Mae Williams and Fletcher Allen. Allen was raised by his mother and stepfather, Bruce Brown. Allen grew up in a segregated community in Sanford, Florida; attended Midway Elementary and Junior High Schools; and graduated from Crooms High School in 1954. Allen went on to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida where initially, he wanted to be a physician. However, he played the role of a lawyer in a school play, which made his career plans change. In 1958, he earned his B.S. degree in political science and minored in economics. Then, in 1962, Allen earned his J.D. degree from the University of Florida Law School. He was the first African American to do so.

Between 1958 and 1960, Allen served in the U.S. Army as a special agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps. He attained the rank of first lieutenant when he was honorably discharged. While in law school, Allen got involved with social activism when he organized lunch counter sit-ins in and around Gainesville, Florida. After receiving his law degree, Allen filed a suit that led to the integration of Broward County’s public accommodations and public school system. In 1963, Allen and his family moved to Fort Lauderdale after he passed the bar exam and was admitted to the Florida Bar Association. Allen was hired at the law firm of Orr & Kaplan. After six months there, Allen started his own law practice where he has practiced for forty-two years. Allen specializes in trial work, probate, personal injury, insurance defense and wrongful death.

Allen is a member of several organizations, boards, and associations including the Urban League of Broward County, the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the University of Florida Foundation, and the Florida Bar Association, and serves as Broward County Bar Association’s president. Allen has also received numerous awards for his achievements including the University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus Award in May, 2000, and the National Conference for Community and Justice Silver Medallion Award in 2001. In July of 2003, he was inducted into the National Bar Association’s Hall of Fame. In February of 2005, Allen was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Florida A&M University’s Board of Trustees.

Allen lives in Florida with his wife, Enid Allen.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of W. George Allen's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - W. George Allen lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - W. George Allen describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - W. George Allen describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - W. George Allen describes his father's and stepfather's backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - W. George Allen recalls the popularity of tobacco snuff among Sanford's women
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - W. George Allen describes his childhood community and church activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - W. George Allen describes the Sanford, Florida area
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - W. George Allen describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - W. George Allen remembers his childhood friends
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - W. George Allen describes his cousin, Willie Allen, Jr.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - W. George Allen recalls being held back in the third grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - W. George Allen remembers attending school during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - W. George Allen remembers Florida elections
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - W. George Allen compares the cultures of South Florida and North Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - W. George Allen describes his favorite teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - W. George Allen describes his high school, Crooms Academy in Sanford, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - W. Allen describes his high school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - W. George Allen describes his high school principal, Roy A. Allen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - W. George Allen recalls applying to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - W. George Allen recalls attending Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - W. George Allen recalls the reaction to Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - W. George Allen recounts the history of Florida's law schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - W. George Allen explains why he became an activist in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - W. George Allen recalls going to the white library in Sanford, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - W. George Allen describes his favorite professors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - W. George Allen recalls his childhood aspiration to become a lawyer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - W. George Allen recalls being commissioned by the U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - W. George Allen recalls his experiences as a U.S. Counter Intelligence Corps special agent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - W. George Allen recalls marrying his wife, Enid Meadows Allen
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - W. George Allen recalls his decision to attend the University of Florida College of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - W. George Allen recalls meeting Lester Hale as an orderly at Alachua General Hospital
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - W. George Allen recounts his experiences moving to Gainesville, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - W. George Allen recalls how he dealt with racism during law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - W. George Allen explains why he attended law school at the University of Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - W. George Allen recalls spending time with his children while in law school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - W. George Allen describes his first job as a lawyer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - W. George Allen recalls his first client in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - W. George Allen describes his activism at the University of Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - W. George Allen recalls leaving his position at P.M. Construction, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - W. George Allen recalls opening a private law practice with Alcee Hastings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - W. George Allen describes the breadth of his law cases
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - W. George Allen describes his friendship with Willie. E. Gary
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - W. George Allen reflects upon his family and his community work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - W. George Allen reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - W. George Allen talks about the importance of historically black colleges
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - W. George Allen talks about issues of race in the law profession
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - W. George Allen describes how he would like to be remembered