Johnnie Carr Dies

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Montgomery civil rights pioneer Johnnie Carr has died.

Melody Ragland, spokeswoman for Baptist Medical Center South, says Mrs. Carr died Friday night just after 11:00.  She was 97-years old.

Carr had been hospitalized for more than a week after suffering a stroke at her home.

Carr was President of the Montgomery Improvement Association and was a childhood friend of Rosa Parks. She was very active in the civil rights movement, even suing to get her son into a better public school.

Mrs. Carr's son, Arlam, is a long-time employee of WSFA, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Carr family.

We will have indepth coverage tonight on WSFA 12 News at 6:00 and WSFA 12 News at 10:00.