"I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids--and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."

 - Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man"

Elise Ford and James O. Allen

On Panel Discussion

On Panel Discussion

A photo of Elise and one of her oppents at a panel discussion when she ran for May in 1973. 

Allen Family Photo

Allen Family Photo

 Family Photos, late 1960's. Standing Left to right back row: Carol, Melvin, Gregory, James Jr. Standing middle row, left to right: Florence Harrison Ford, Elise and James Sr. Sitting on floor left  to right Joy (Timothy below), Janet, Norman, Linda (holding Barbara), Tanya, Angela.

Elise Allen Award

Elise Allen Award

Plaque detailing Elise F. Allen receiving the African American Hall of Fame award in Journalism, 1991.

Elise at Award Ceremony

Elise  at Award Ceremony

Photo of Elise at Roosevelt Magnate School where the Elise F. Allen Award is presented for students who exhibit high academics, leadership, community service and high academics. Photo by Elijah Sansom.

Elise with Girl Scout Organization

Elise with Girl Scout Organization

Elise became the first black Girl Scout board member, Peoria Girl Scouts (1968-1973); 

Elise and James O. Allen with daughters

Elise and James O. Allen with daughters

Elise and James Allen with daughters, left to right: Janet, Angela, James O. Allen, Elise F. Allen, Cynthia, Barbara.

Elise Ford Allen

Elise Ford Allen

Photo of Elise at board meeting for the Girl Scout Troop she founded in Peoria, Illinois..

Elise and James at Event

Elise and James at Event

Elise and James Allen at a formal event, Peoria, Illinois.  The couple is in the front row, third and fourth from the right.

Elise and James O. Allen, church

Elise and James O. Allen, church

James and Elise dressed for church. James was always known to wear a bow-tie. They are the parents of Carol Allen Adams, James Allen Jr., Gregory Allen, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Joy Allen Stone, Janet Allen, Norman Allen, Angela Allen Henry, Barbara Allen Randle, Timothy Allen, Matthew Allen.