CARRIE FOXX WARE

Having always had a great love of children, Carrie Foxx Ware, MEd, felt a strong desire to ensure that young African American children had good role models and teachers in their lives. Additionally inspired by her older sister, Portia Louise, who was also a teacher, Ms. Ware first earned a Bachelor of Science from Daniel Payne College and was certified as an elementary teacher in 1969. Starting work immediately as an elementary teacher with the Birmingham City Schools, she work in this capacity over 25 years until 1995. During this time, she continued her academic efforts and achieved a Master of Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1979.

After retiring as a teacher with the Birmingham City Schools, Ms. Ware continued in her passion for teaching by opening the BHMH Music Studio in 2000, where she worked as a private music teacher. Tragically, in 2006 she was in a car accident, in which she lost her husband, Richard Lee Ware, and one of her sons, Richard D. Ware. As a result of her injuries and extended hospital stay, she was unable to continue teaching music and was forced to close the studio. Following this, Ms. Ware began writing as a way to stimulate her mind and to find something she enjoyed doing since she could no longer play music. She has authored several as yet unpublished books and, since 2014, has cultivated a website where she posts her stories.

Furthermore, Ms. Ware is motivated by the interactions and communications she has had with various organizations and publishing houses in regard to her work. Her book “The Humanoids,” a science fiction story featuring a young black woman named Fantasia, was recently picked up by Rushmore Press. Throughout her writing and research for this book, she grew to appreciate the skill it takes to translate complex scientific matters for a younger audience. She also hopes to see her other works published as well, which include several fairy tale stories; selected writings from the diary of her son, Richard; and her own autobiography.

In addition to her primary career endeavors, Ms. Ware has been an active community presence for her entire life. Notably, she was president of the Colored Women’s Association in 1977 when they celebrated their 100th anniversary and came together with a number of other local organizations, which she cites as the highlight of her career. She has also been president of the Sojourner Truth Club and the City Federation of Women and Youth, and the vice president of the neighborhood officers program in Birmingham. Holding membership with The Worship Center Christian Church, she is further involved through the AARP, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

Attributing much of her success to her passion and desire to bring positive changes to her community, Ms. Ware is equally grateful to the grace of God for her life and for her achievements. In 1994, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Club Award from the City Federation of Women and Youth, and was later presented with Crashing Award from Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc. in 2000. Ms. Ware was born on July 21, 1943, in Gadsden, Alabama, to father Charles Benjamin Foxx and mother Hazel Boswell Foxx. She married her late husband, Richard, in 1967 and they spent 39 wonderful years together, and were the proud parents of two sons, Gerald D. Ware and the late Richard D. Ware. Today Ms. Ware is also the grandmother to two grandchildren.

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