1911 - 2008
Johnnie Carr was a lifelong civil rights activist in Montgomery. She became a member of the NAACP during the 1930s and served as its secretary. Carr was an active participant in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, transporting participants to their jobs and to mass meetings. In 1964, her family became the chief plaintiffs in the case Carr v. Montgomery County Board of Education, decided in 1969, that forced desegregation of an all-white Montgomery high school. Carr became president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, which formed during the bus boycott, in 1967, and held the position until her death in 2008.
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