"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

Plaque, Elise Ford Allen AAHM

Plaque, Elise Ford Allen AAHM

Plaque for Honoree Elise Ford Allen for 2018 "Honoring our Heritage" 7th Annual Gala for the AAHM in Springfield, Illinois.

AAHM 7th Annual Gala

AAHM 7th Annual Gala

Award Acceptance for Elise Ford Allen for the 7th Annual Gale "Honoring our Heritage". From left to Right Ocheng Jany, Linda Allen B. Hollis, and Ernestine Lawrence. Photo credit James Bass.

Siblilngs at 2018 AAHM Gala

Siblilngs at 2018 AAHM Gala

The siblings at the the 7th Annual Gala "Honoring our Heritage" in support of honoree, Elise Ford Allen, October 25th, Springfield, Illinois. Attendees left to right: Front, Joy Allen Stone, Tim Allen, his wife Patty, Barbara Randle, Angela Henry, Linda Allen B. Hollis, Carol Allen Adams, Candy Lynn Ford Webb. Black row, left to right, Anthony Randle, husband of Barbara Randle, Homer Henry, husband of Angela Henry and Mark Hollis, husband of Linda Hollis. Photo credit, James Bass.

Florence Harrison Ford

Florence Harrison Ford

Florence, wife of Dr. Cecil Bruce Ford, in memoriam.

James' siblings

James' siblings

James O. Allen and his immediate family.

Young Zephaniah Allen

Young Zephaniah Allen

Photo of a young, Zephaniah Allen, father of James O. Allen. 

Sally Allen

Sally Allen

Wife of Zephaniah Allen, and mother of James O. Allen.

James and brother Garry

James and brother Garry

Photo of James O. Allen and his brother Garry in their print shop Peoria, Illinois.

Zephaniah Allen, James' father

Zephaniah Allen, James' father

Zephaniah Allen, father of James O. Allen.