PRESIDENT - Henry D. Allen Jr.
Henry served 24 years in the United States Army. He further served his community through the El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPSO), first as a security technician, and then deputy sheriff. He retired from the EPSO in 2011.
In 2007, President Allen was appointed Director of Security with Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, and in 2008 he was ordained as a Deacon under the leadership of the Senior Pastor, Cleveland A. Thompson.
A longtime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Henry became very active in 1998, first serving as Chairman of the Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs Committee and then Chairman of Legal Redress for the local branch and the State Conference, which consists of Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.
In 2013, he was elected as president of the Colorado Springs Branch of the NAACP, and served in that position until February 2016. In 2014, he represented the Colorado Springs branch of the NAACP by attending the funeral service of Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Continuing to represent his community, in 2015, Henry attended President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union Address, as a guest of Senator Michael Bennett.
In February 2016, after consulting with numerous members of the Colorado Springs NAACP who served under his tenure, as well as various members of the community and members of local, state and national government, and after much consideration and prayer, Henry decided to establish a local branch of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He states, “I am not convinced that this community will have an active, viable, credible, committed civil rights organization. And therefore, thousands of people in our community will not have a voice. I believe the SCLC can be that voice.”
Henry D. Allen, Jr. was born in Osceola, Arkansas. He and his wife, the Reverend Dr. Caron Allen have a blended family of seven adult children, twenty-one grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Civil Rights Based on Christian Principles
Although Christian principles are stated or referred to throughout the teachings of Dr. King in the various programs, statements, and documents of the SCLC and in the Kingian Nonviolence methodology, there are specific civil rights and Christian principles outlined in the Mission Statement and Organization Focus regarding civil rights.
The MISSION STATEMENT reads:
In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is renewing its commitment to bring about the promise of "one nation, under God, indivisible" together with the commitment to activate the "strength to love" within the community of humankind.
There are two major principles identified in this statement. They are:
· “one nation, under God, indivisible”
· “the commitment to activate the "strength to love"
One scriptural foundation for the “one nation, under God, indivisible" principle can be found in Mark 3:24-25. It reads: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (NKJV). See also Matthew 12:25 and Luke 11:17.
Further scriptural foundation for the pursuit of the “under God” portion of this principle is found in Ephesians 4:5-6; It reads: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in youall.”(NKJV)
As an organization of Christian believers, this chapter of Ephesians outlines in great detail our mandate to love. Verses 1-3 reads: “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (NKJV)
The ORGANIZATION FOCUS reads:
The organizational focus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference is to promote spiritual principles within our membership and local communities; to educate youth and adults in the areas of personal responsibility, leadership potential, and community service; to ensure economic justice and civil rights in the areas of discrimination and affirmative action; and to eradicate environmental classism and racism wherever it exists.
The major principles identified in this statement are:
· To promote spiritual principles
· Personal responsibility
· Leadership potential
· Community service
· To Ensure economic justice and civil rights
· To eradicate environmental classism and racism wherever it exists.
The following Scriptures speak to Spiritual Principles:
Ephesians 4:29, Hebrews 4:12
The following Scriptures speak to Personal Responsibility:
The following Scriptures speak to Leadership Potential:
The following Scriptures speak to Community Service:
The following Scriptures speak to Economic Justice and Civil Rights:
The following Scriptures speak to Classicism and Racism:
The Scriptures I have identified are not all inclusive but are representative of God's position on the rights of man.
Board of Directors
President: Mr. Henry Allen Jr.
Armed Services: Communications/Press: Michael Schlierf Community Empowerment: Brenda King Criminal Justice: Pres. Henry D. Allen Jr. Economic Development: Vacant Education: Dr. Mildred Galbreath Health and Wellness: Historian: Richard Eleuterio Community Housing: Gerry Grotkier Political Action: Director Bob Null Religious Affairs: Dr. Caron M. Allen
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