Many in Dallas know the title George L. Allen Sr. as a result of they’ve seen it on the entrance of the courthouse.
The George L. Allen Sr. Courts constructing stands tall on Commerce Avenue within the coronary heart of the town. The constructing’s dimension, although, isn’t any match for the legacy Allen left behind.
Born in 1908, Allen had been combating for what was proper for many of his life. In 1938, he was the primary black pupil to enroll within the College of Texas. When the college discovered he was black, they kicked him out inside 10 days of him being there.
That will solely gas Allen’s ardour to combat for equal rights for everybody. Separate however equal would by no means be ok.
He is called a trailblazer who helped via the wrestle to desegregate colleges in Texas.
In 1969, Allen turned the primary black particular person elected to the Dallas Metropolis Council. He would then grow to be the primary black particular person to serve two phrases as a council member in Dallas.
As a council member, Allen proposed and helped go an ordinance to finish housing discrimination towards black residents. He additionally handed a public lodging ordinance to cowl all areas that weren’t talked about within the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Allen went on to grow to be the primary black mayor pro-tem in Dallas.
He would serve three phrases on the Dallas Metropolis Council earlier than he resigned to just accept a brand new place as a justice of the peace. Allen was elected and served three phrases in Dallas County for 13 years.
Along with combating for rights of black individuals, Allen was a savvy businessman. He based and served because the chairman of the board of the Nice Liberty Life Insurance coverage Firm after which the president of his public accounting agency, George Allen and Firm.
Allen served as justice of the peace till he died in 1991.