NAACP says goodbye to Bishop Clarence Carr
Amber Tafari Laraque | 11/23/2011, 11:38 a.m.
The NAACP, family, and friends said their final goodbyes to Bishop Clarence Carr, who passed away November 16. Bishop Carr left behind his wife Barbara, their two children, and a community of people whom he had impacted throughout the years.
The former member of the NAACP Board of Directors served in his position for 12 years from 1998-2010, while continuing to preach to his congregation.
NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous said, "The NAACP and the faith community have lost a man of great faith and great belief in the power of social change. His wisdom and his contributions to the NAACP, on both the local and national level, will truly be missed."
Bishop Carr not only served those who were members of the NAACP and his congregation, but anyone from East Coast, Midwest, or down south he could help.
"He was a dynamic preacher, a beloved under shepherd, and a princely bishop. He was a model of faithful servant leadership, inspiring clergy and laity alike, one who embraced the mission and work of the Ecumenical Church," said Bishop Roy A. Holmes.
Many churches in the country were pastored by Bishop Carr, including Roosevelt Mission in Roosevelt, Long Island and Jackson Memorial in Hempstead, Long Island. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Bishops in the A.M.E. Zion Church.
His dedication to the church and the Black community were noticed by his peers. Dr. Amos Brown, Chairman of the Religious Affairs Committee of the NAACP Board of Directors, said, "He epitomized the best of that faith tradition which embraces piety, political activism, personal salvation and social salvation, pride in one's ethnicity and acceptance of all ethnic groups, religions and cultural expressions."
The wake for Bishop Carr was held on Monday November 21 at 7 p.m., and the funeral was the next morning. Both services were held at Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in Smyrna, Georgia.