Black Ancestors : Johnnie Rebecca Carr

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    Johnnie Rebecca Daniels Carr (January 26, 1911 – February 22, 2008) was a leader in the Civil Rights movement in the United States from 1955 until her death.

    In 1967, Carr became President of the Montgomery Improvement Association, succeeding the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Carr held this office until she died.

    Carr was a childhood friend of Rosa Parks and is considered, along with Parks, to be an important face in the Civil Rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama.

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    Sunday, February 24, 2008In Memoriam :: Johnnie Rebecca Carr
    Civil Rights Leader Johnnie Carr Dies at 97

    by Debbie Elliott
    From NPR.org

    Johnnie Rebecca Carr, one of the lesser-known leaders of the civil rights movement, died Friday in Montgomery, Ala.

    For decades, Carr led the Montgomery Improvement Association, an organization formed in 1955 when Carr's childhood friend Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. The moment sparked the Montgomery bus boycott, and drew national attention to the fight against segregation and a local minister named Martin Luther King Jr.

    King was the first president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. Carr first helped organize carpools during the boycott. She became the group's president in the '60s and continued to fight for equal rights for African Americans, including enrolling her son in the all-white Montgomery public schools in a legal test case. .....


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