Rev Joseph Lowery, the great civil rights defender, dies at 98

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The United States’ civil rights leader, the Rev Joseph Lowery, died thisFriday, local media reported. He used to campaign with Martin Luther King. 

Rev Joseph Lowery
Joseph Lowery with Martin Luther King and Wyatt Tee Walker
Credit: @The King Center

Imara Canady, a board member of the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute, confirmed the death of Joseph Lowery, CNN said. CNN has confirmed this news, and according to CNN, at the time of his death, his age was 98.

The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. But he died after a brief illness Friday night in Atlanta, Georgia. He married with Evelyn Gibson Lowery from 1950 until his death in 2013. Evelyn Gibson Lowery was also an American civil rights leader and activist. 

Credit: CBS Evening News

Mrs. Lowery said in 1985 that they had been both young, but he had been old for his age, even then. He had already been talking on the same level as her father in terms of depth and maturity.

Both dated for a year and then married in 1948. They had three daughters, Yvonne, Cheryl and Karen, and 12 grandchildren.

Introduction of Rev Joseph Lowery

Date of Birth: October 6, 1921

Date of Death: March 27, 2020 

Birth Place: Huntsville, Alabama, United States

Children: Leroy, Joseph Jr. Yvonne, Cheryl and Karen

Lowery worked closely with leading figures in the civil rights movement such as Jesse Jackson and King. Lowery pushed for the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the civil rights group started by King.

He was chosen to speak in 2009 at the inauguration of Barack Obama, the country’s first black president. He was later awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States.

Rev Joseph Lowery

Congressman John Lewis told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Joseph Lowery had been a civil rights fighter.

Lewis said that He had spoken, he had spoken, he had never given up. He had marched and had protested across the US. He regretted his passing that night.

That night, the famous reverend Joseph E.Lowery had made the transition from Earth to eternity. His thoughts and prayers went out to his family, the King Center in Atlanta said in a tweet.

@The King Center tweeted that that night, the great Reverend Joseph E. Lowery had transitioned from earth to eternity. He had been a champion for civil rights, a dear friend to the King family, and a challenger of injustice. Thank you, sir. 

He also shared a pics of Joseph Lowery with Martin Luther King and Wyatt Tee Walker. 

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