Johnnie Carr

Johnnie Carr

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.

Johnnie Carr
Born Johnnie Rebecca Daniels Carr
(1911-01-26)January 26, 1911
Montgomery, Alabama
Died February 22, 2008 (age 97)
Occupation Civil Rights
Years active 1955–2008

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, Dr. King, E.D. Nixon and others to be an important face in the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama. According to Morris Dees, one of three founders of Montgomery's Southern Poverty Law Center, "Johnnie Carr is one of the three major icons of the Civil Rights Movement: Dr. King, Rosa Parks and Johnnie Carr. I think ultimately, when the final history books are written, she'll be one of the few people remembered for that terrific movement."

Civil Rights pioneer and U.S. Representative John Lewis, D-Ga., said, "Mrs. Carr must be looked on as one of the founders of a new America because she was there with Rosa Parks, E.D. Nixon, Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others."[1]

In 1944, Carr, along with her husband Arlam Carr, [2]

Carr died of a massive stroke at the age of 97.[1]


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External links

  • , 9 March 2008The TimesObituary in
  • Alabama Civil Rights collection - The Jack Rabin Collection on Alabama Civil Rights and Southern Activists, at Penn State University, includes materials and oral history interviews of the Montgomery Improvement Association.