Memorial Services for Attorney W. George Allen
March 3, 1936 – November 7, 2019
Attorney W. George Allen was born on March 3, 1936 in Sanford, Florida to Lessie Williams. He was raised by his mother and his stepfather Bruce Brown.
George attended the public segregated schools of Seminole County, graduating from Crooms Academy in June 1954. He graduated from Florida A&M University in June 1958, with a degree in Political Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. While at FAMU, he met and married Enid Meadows of Birmingham, Alabama.
George served his country as a Special Agent in Army Intelligence for 2 years active duty and 4 years in the Army Reserve. In 1960, he entered the University of Florida Law School and graduated in December 1962 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and became the first Black to earn a degree from any former white institution in Florida. He was admitted to the Florida Bar on June 7, 1963 and to the United States Supreme Court on November 16, 1970.
Throughout his 50-year legal career, George was actively involved in the legal fight for diversity, dignity, and civil rights. He filed the lawsuit that resulted in the desegregation of Broward County and Hendry County public schools, thus assuring that all students in these counties would have “equal access” to educational opportunities.
George was a legal trailblazer, pioneer, and leader. His wife, Enid, and son, Reginald, preceded him in death. George is survived by his children: Timothy, Frederick (Brenda), Amy, and Jonathan (Adrelia). He also has three precocious granddaughters: Cydney, Jordyn and Janiya and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, to continue Attorney Allen’s legacy of bold community leadership, donations are being accepted to the W. George Allen Endowed Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward. Please make checks payable to: “Community Foundation of Broward” and reference “W. George Allen Fund, 910 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 200, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
The Allen Family will host services as noted below: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Omega Service, Friday, January 24, 2020 at 6:06 p. m.
Celebration of Life Memorial Service, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10 a.m. followed Immediately by the Memorial Service for Connecting Links of The Links, Incorporated. All services will be held at New Mount Olive Baptist Church, 400 N.W. Ninth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Arrangements by Scurry Funeral Home & Cremation Services.