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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery

1921 - 2020
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery Obituary
The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery of Atlanta, a titan of the Civil Rights Era, died Friday, March 27, just a few months after celebrating his 98th birthday with loved ones.

Lowery made his mark in the 1950s and 1960s as a key civil rights leader at the shoulder of Martin Luther King Jr., helping to start the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

He would go on serve the longest tenure in history as the president of the SCLC.

Because of the coronarivus outbreak, the family held a small, private service on Saturday April 4 at Westview Cemetery. Read the story and see photos.

In a statement posted on the website of The Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute, family members said that because of the pandemic a larger, public memorial will be held in the fall, closer to his October birthday. Read more

Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, cards or food, the family suggests donations to
The Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights. P.O. Box 92801, Atlanta, GA 30314.

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Visit AJC for his full obituary, related articles, photos and videos about Joseph Lowery's life and legacy. The Sunday print editions of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the digital AJC ePaper on March 29, 2020 included a front page obituary and related stories and photos.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Mar. 28, 2020
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