About the Author
At the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement, Chief Henry E. Allen was a student at R. B. Hudson High School in Selma, Alabama. He and other students marched for the right to vote. Their historic walk to Montgomery, Alabama, played a major role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Allen has served his community as a fundraising chairman for the Salvation Army, a National Park Service tour guide, a teacher for 30 years, and provided ministry for local nursing homes. He has received the 2012 Citizen of the Year Award and the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. In February of 2015 he was personally invited to the White House by President Barack Obama.
Allen decided to share his story to inspire today's youth.