About Us

The Dan Allen Center for Social Justice promotes social justice through education, outreach, advocacy, and demonstration of social justice.

The Center works to continue the inspirational leadership of the late Dan Allen. In the late 1960's Dan Allen, a former Catholic priest, created Neighbor for Neighbor to help the poor and downtrodden of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dan’s passion and tenacity inspired a crusade that banded together many people of good will – rich and poor, and from many different religions, races, and political views. Dan served as the conscience of the community, showing us all that by working together, we can bridge the divides that separate us.

Dan’s work continues to inspire those dedicated to the cause of social justice today, and the Center is dedicated to carrying on his legacy.

What We Do

Like most of the world, our activities have slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to being able to be hands on with our community again soon.

Telling the Story
The Center sponsored publication and distribution the book Dan’s War on Poverty: A Grassroots Crusade for Social Justice. This book tells the remarkable story of Dan Allen, those he inspired, and their fight for social justice for the poorest of the poor. This story traces the evolution of a social revolution in an American city.

In the fall and spring each year The Center partners with OSU-Tulsa to host a film series that covers a variety of issues. Following each film is a speaker presentation and group discussion. Look for upcoming films this year!

Special Events
The DACSJ hosts community discussions on social justice issues, including previous panel discussions regarding health care, school segregation, immigration policy and other issues.

The DACSJ also sponsors unique ways of addressing social justice issues through the arts. Such events included production of the highly acclaimed play “Shades of White” and the spoken work performance of “The Innocents”.

The Center works with other organizations in fostering a dialogue regarding pressing social justice issues in our community. The Center has worked with such organizations as the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation, ACTION, New Sanctuary Tulsa, Tulsa Women’s March, along other groups advocating social justice. The Center continues to seek out opportunities to partner with like-minded groups.

Annual Awards Event
Each year in November the Center hosts an awards event recognizing individuals and organizations for their social justice contributions. The event serves as challenge to others in the community to take on the cause of social justice.

The Center continually seeks out new and innovative ways to bring the discussion of social justice to the forefront of the community conversation. The Center welcomes volunteers and donors from all walks of life in promoting social justice in the Tulsa community.