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Joseph Lowery

Joseph LoweryAKA Joseph Echols Lowery

Born: 6-Oct-1921
Birthplace: Huntsville, AL

Gender: Male
Religion: Methodist
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Co-Founder of the SCLC

Pastor of Warren Street United Methodist Church, Mobile (1952-61). After Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955 he helped lead the Montgomery bus boycott. His property was seized in 1959 along with that of other civil rights leaders (including Ralph Abernathy) by the state of Alabama as part of a libel suit. The US Supreme Court ordered the suit reversed. At the request of Martin Luther King, Lowery led the Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965. Lowery served as pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church in Atlanta from (1986-92). He is now retired.

Father: LeRoy Lowery (small businessman)
Mother: Dora (teacher)
Wife: Evelyn Gibson Lowery (activist)

    University: Knoxville College
    Theological: Payne College and Theological Seminary
    Theological: Chicago Ecumenical Institute

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference Co-Founder, President (1977-98)
    Black Leadership Forum President (former)
    Campaign for America's Future
    Citizens for a Moratorium on Federal Executions
    NAACP
    Sharpton 2004
    Presidential Medal of Freedom 12-Aug-2009


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