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Rep. Waters Mourns the Passing of Rev. Joseph E. Lowery

March 28, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) issued a statement on the passing of civil rights icon, Rev. Joseph E. Lowery:

“The civil rights community is in mourning today. One of our most cherished and iconic leaders, Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, has died.

“I am so blessed to have known Rev. Lowery for many years. He was perhaps one of the most articulate spokespersons of the Civil Rights Movement, and I considered him a mentor and a dear friend. I had the privilege of spending time with Rev. Lowery and his beloved wife, Evelyn, on many occasions in Atlanta and in Washington, DC, and I will miss his infectious smile, his sense of humor, and, most of all, his wisdom.

“Rev. Lowery never relented in his fight for peace, justice, and equality, and the fruits of his labor throughout his 98 years of life are plentiful. He cofounded and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for two decades; worked alongside Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr until his assassination; helped plan the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott; and defied the threat of bombs and the KKK to organize and lead countless protests and campaigns on behalf of African Americans who were suffering inhumane treatment in the Jim Crow South. I thank Rev. Lowery and his wife, Evelyn, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of our community, which lives on through the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights.

“I thank God for the life of Rev. Joseph Lowery, and I send my sincere condolences to his three daughters, Yvonne Kennedy, Karen Lowery, and Cheryl Lowery-Osborne, his family, and friends. Rev. Lowery will forever be our ‘Dean of the Civil Rights Movement,’ and I love and miss him dearly.”

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