It’s a story that spans decades and it’s a personal one for the author. She was a Tulsa newspaper reporter who met a priest for an article. Forty years later, that article is now a book: “Dan’s War on Poverty,” about a man once called the conscience of our community.
As Ann Patton autographed copies of her book Sunday, she was quick to remind readers to celebrate Father Dan Allen.
“His words and his actions created change in that era and a lot of that change still exists today,” she says.
News On Six anchor Clayton Vaughn profiled Allen for CBS News back in 1968.
“In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a unique program to give incentive to the poor to help themselves has developed from small beginnings…” Vaughn says as the documentary outlining Allen’s Neighbor for Neighbor project opens.
From his church in North Tulsa, Allen was a civil rights crusader who said he saw the beauty of South Tulsa, built on the backs of the poor in North Tulsa and knew that wasn’t right.
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