Object Type: Record
In Collection: Oral History Digital Collection
Oral history.; Interview conducted on March 14, 1994 with Mr. Andrew R. Carr. Carr was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi. He attended the Naval Academy during World War II, and then enlisted in the Navy. After twelve years in the Navy, Carr returned to Clarksdale to work on the family farm. In 1964, he was appointed to the biracial committee that worked on the poverty program known as Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI). Carr was one of the two African Americans to fill this position. After Carr was elected as chairman of the COI, the program developed into a comprehensive system. It offered many services such as Head Start, legal aid, adult education, and retraining farm workers. Carr also was involved in the integration of the Coahoma County schools. On March 14, 1967, he testified before a Senate subcommittee poverty program.