In celebration of Black History Month, Ladell Phillips with the LeFlore County Coalition for Diversity and the LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey are hosting a presentation by Sue Allen, Attorney-at-law on Monday, February 3rd at 5:00 PM at the museum, 303 Dewey, Poteau (entrance on Witte Street). The public is invited to attend.
N. Sue Allen is an employment lawyer who represents workers who are victims of discrimination, harassment and other prohibited employment practices by their employers. After earning a BS in chemistry, she graduated from the Oklahoma City University law school, with a JD, with distinction. Ms. Allen is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Texas and Oklahoma. Ms. Allen serves as secretary of the Board of Directors for the Texas Employment Lawyers Association, an organization which is dedicated to promoting and protecting the legal rights of employees in the State of Texas. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tarrant County Bar Association, and is a member of the L. Clifford Davis Legal Association, the Tarrant County Black Women Lawyers Association and the Women in the Law section of Tarrant County Bar.
Ms. Allen is also a Golden Life Heritage Member of the NAACP. She is the proud parent of a daughter and two grandchildren.
The following is the bio of Sue Allen’s father who will also be attending the presentation.
Richard Allen was born April 17, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri with another name. When he came to Oklahoma at age 12, he changed his name to Richard Allen after the founder of the African American Episcopal Church who was his hero. He was married 63 years to native Oklahoman Medora Beachem.
Mr. and Ms. Allen attended Union Baptist Missionary Baptist Church in Pocola, where Ms. Allen served as church secretary and Mr. Allen as a deacon. The African American churches in the communities of Fort Coffee, Murry Spur, Pocola, Poteau and Spiro attended each other’s revivals, singing programs and church anniversaries. In LeFlore County, as in other areas of the United States, the church in the African American communities played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. John Montgomery organized a NAACP branch in LeFlore County through people he met and knew through church. In fact, Ms. Allen served as branch secretary during the many years that Dr. Montgomery served as branch president. Mr. Allen succeeded Dr. Montgomery as branch president in 1972, and remained in that post through the early 2000’s. At the same time, Mr. Allen succeeded Rev. Wade Watts of McAlister as president of the Oklahoma State Conference of Branches of the NAACP, and also served on the National Board of Directors of the NAACP.
Mr. Allen currently resides in Texas with his daughter Sue Allen.