The Reverend Joseph Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Friday, according to a statement by the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights. He was 98 years old.
We’ve come too far, marched too long, prayed too hard, wept too bitterly, bled too profusely and died too young, to let anybody turn back the clock on our journey to justice.”
The statement said Lowery died peacefully at home Friday night, surrounded by his daughters.
Known affectionately as the “Dean” of the Civil Rights Movement, Lowery was a part of pivotal moments in the nation’s history – from early civil rights struggles to the inauguration of the country’s first black president. Even in his 90s, Lowery’s fervor never dimmed.
Rev. Lowery gave the benediction during the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.
My prayers are with Rev. Lowery’s family and friends.
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.- Romans 14:8