Carl Elliott was an eight-term U.S. congressman from Walker County. Much of his work during the 1950s and 60s was in support of education and social programs for his district. His political career was undone when he spoke out against Gov. George Wallace and more conservative elements in Alabama. In 1990, Elliott was given the first John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for improving education and opposing racism despite the threat of financial ruin.
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