Richard C. Boone was born on July 7, 1937 in Lowndes County, city of Calhoun, Alabama. He was the son of Dave and Leona Boone. He attended Lab High at Alabama State Teachers’ College and went into the Air Force at age sixteen obtaining a GED. He attended Alabama State University where he majored in History and Political Science. He attended Phittip’s Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia and received a master’s degree of Theology.
Rev. Boone took part in the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march and continued to work tirelessly to ensure that blacks achieved equality on a local level the rest of his life. He served at several different churches and was an associate minister at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church at the time of his death. He served in the Alabama-West Florida Conference at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Evergreen, Alabama in 2007/08.
As an activist, one of the things Boone was known for was holding demonstrations at Montgomery businesses calling for the integration of their workforces, often while clad in his characteristic coveralls. He particularly focused on Dexter Avenue retail stores, which at the time did not hire blacks as sales clerks or other positions.
Rev. Boone was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He created the Montgomery-based Alabama Action Committee. Rev. Boone served as a Chaplain (Major) in the U.S. Army for over ten years from 1979-1990, conducting services in California, Germany, and Louisiana.
At the time of his death Rev. Boone was at home with his wife and family at his side. He died on October 14, 2013 after a struggle with cancer. His funeral service was held on Saturday October 19, 2013 with Rev. Dr. Broadnax officiating. His cremated remains are interned at Montevallo, Alabama National Cemetery.
A resolution has been introduced by Representative Thad McClanmy to the Legislature of the State of Alabama and signed by Governor Robert Bentley to recognize the contributions of Richard C. Boone by naming a stretch of the Selma to Montgomery Historical Trail Richard C. Boone Blvd.