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Civil Rights Icon Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery Dies at Age 98


 He marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in the fight to end segregation, and lived to see the election of the country’s first black president … The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has died at the age of 98.

His live of advocacy spanned over four decades after the death of his friend Rev. Dr King.

Lowery was a  fiery preacher from Alabama who was a face on the front lines of equal justice cries.  Lowery fiercely spoke out about injustice no matter the audience.

During his days fighting for injustice, Dr. Lowery once recalled an incident at a Nashville, TN restaurant:

Dr. Lowery: “I’d like a hamburger and a coke, please.

Sir, we don’t serve negroes here.

Dr: Lowery:  “Ma’am, I don’t eat negroes. I’d like a hamburger and a coke.”

Among the famous Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery quotes:

“We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right.”

  • Benediction at inauguration of US president Barack Obama, January 20, 2009, Washington DC.


Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery (born October 61921) is an American minister in the United Methodist Church and leader in the civil rights movement. He later became the third president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, after Martin Luther King Jr. and his immediate successor, Rev. Dr. Ralph Abernathy, and participated in most of the major activities of the civil rights movement of the 1960s.




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