Special to the Journal
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released a statement regarding the passing of Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, wife of the Reverend Joseph Lowery.
“Mrs. Evelyn Lowery was an extraordinary woman. Her quiet leadership made a profound impact on the nation and the world,” said Congressman Bishop. “Not only was she a pillar of strength with love and devotion for Rev. Lowery and his work with the Civil Rights Movement, but her leadership and support of women in the Movement reflected her personal commitment to gender equality as part of the larger Human Rights Movement. Our prayers go out to Dr. Joseph Lowery and his family during this difficult time.”
Mrs. Lowery founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. (SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.). Through the organization, she created the Drum Major for Justice Award, an annual award recognizing outstanding people who have made contributions to social justice. She led the establishment of monuments in various parts of Alabama to honor those who were instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement. In addition, she spearheaded many education and awareness projects and programs. Mrs. Evelyn Lowery passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013. Funeral arrangements are pending.