- NAME: Joseph Lowery
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Minister
- BIRTH DATE: October 06, 1921 (Age: 91)
- EDUCATION: Wayne State University, Knoxville College, Paine College, Chicago Ecumenical Institute
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Huntsville, Alabama
- AKA: Joseph E. Lowery
- Full Name: Joseph Echols Lowery
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Civil rights leader, social activist and minister Joseph Lowery has fought against prejudice and discrimination against African-Americans for more than 50 years.
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In 1977, Lowery won the presidency of the SCLC over more radical factions. He helped revitalize the organization, bringing in new members and focusing on such pressing issues in the African-American community as police brutality and human rights.
Lowery changed churches in the mid-1980s, but he chose to remain in Atlanta. As the pastor of the Cascade United Methodist Church,
he helped increase the size of the congregation and improve its financial situation. Lowery remained politically and socially active, campaigning against South Africa's practice of apartheid.
Even after his retirement in 1992, Lowery continued to fight against social injustice and for the rights of others. He led an effort to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Georgia state flag and helped the city of Atlanta prepare for 1996 Olympics.
In recent years, Lowery received a lot of media attention for his role in the inauguration of Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, in 2009. Obama selected Lowery to deliver the benediction at the event. In his speech, Lowery called for the president and the rest of the nation "to work for that day ... when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream."
Lowery has received numerous accolades for his work, including Ebony magazine's Black Achievement Award. Clark Atlanta University established the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights in his honor. Lowery and his wife Evelyn have three adult children, Yvonne, Karen and Cheryl.
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