Mayor establishes day to celebrate Dr. Allen’s memory
When the Links host their annual Walk-A-Thon Saturday at the Riverfront Walking and Bicycle Trail at the city’s Riverfront Amphitheater Park, they will be doing so on a trail named after Dr. Geraldine Williams Allen.
Tuesday, Selma Mayor George Evans, along with members of the Links and Allen’s family, dedicated a large plaque Tuesday honoring Allen, highlighting the impact she had on Selma.
“From an early age Dr. Allen’s strength of character was evident. She was a Sunday school teacher, deaconess, choir and youth director at her church,” the park plaque reads. “She fought for women, minorities and the less fortunate. Her legacy is alive and in the lives she touched and in mind, body and spirit of us all.”
Also, Saturday will mark Dr. Geraldine Williams Allen Day in Selma. The Selma City Council, which Allen once led as council president before her death in 2010, was in attendance as Evans read a proclamation dedicating the day.
“The excellence that Dr. Geraldine Allen expected in others she demanded of herself and her strength of character was evident of the success she had in fulfilling her expectations,” Evans said as he read the proclamation. “Her legacy will forever live on through her family, works and in those she touched.”
The Links’ Walk-A-Thon will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday.