Saturday, February 23, 2008

Mrs. Johnnie Carr, Civil Rights Icon, Dies

A few days ago, one of the lesser known heros of the early civil rights era - Mrs Johnnie Carr - died at the age of 97. Mrs. Carr was a childhood friend of Rosa Parks who also played an active role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She was close with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and took over the reigns of the Montgomery Improvement Association in 1967, a post she held until her death. The MIA was originally formed in 1955 to support the bus boycott. Mrs. Carr was an ardent supporter of civil and human rights for over 50 years.

Here is the Washington Post obituary and here is the NPR story.

Here is a nice video of Mrs. Carr:

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