The Carnell Russ Foundation's focus is connecting people, celebrating diversity,and promoting unity. The Carnell Russ Foundation (CRF)- a 501c3 - was formed in loving memory of Carnell Russ. From a 1971 Tragedy to a 2011 Triumph celebrating 48 years of progress and embracing the diversity and harmony in Southeast Arkansas, this is a family vision to continue the monumental progress by promoting community unity connecting multi-cultural ethnicities and neighboring communities together in harmony. The ultimate goal includes: Connecting communities, embracing differences, and celebrating progress.
Carnell Russ was a twenty-four year old son, brother, husband and father born in Star City, Arkansas. On May 31, 1971 while he and his family were heading home he was stopped for speeding. He obeyed the officer's instructions to follow him to the county courthouse where he was told that he had to pay a $23 fine. He refused to pay because they would not give him a copy of the receipt. Unarmed, Carnell was shot by a white police officer while his family waited outside in their car. (Read full article in Arkansas Times Article - September 4 issue, pages 14-18)
A Proclamation Ceremony was held at the town square in Star City in October 2011 as a memorial for his life, legacy, and contributions in Southeast Arkansas. From a 1971 Tragedy to a 2011 Triumph, celebrating 48 years of progress and embracing the diversity and harmony in Southeast Arkansas, The Carnell Russ Foundation was formed in his memory.