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Friends, family and community leaders gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College on Wednesday to remember Evelyn Lowery. Friends, family and community leaders gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College on Wednesday to remember Evelyn Lowery.
Evelyn Gipson Lowery passed away last week following a massive stroke. She was 88. Evelyn Gipson Lowery passed away last week following a massive stroke. She was 88.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim speaks about the importance of Evelyn Lowery to the city. Atlanta Mayor Kasim speaks about the importance of Evelyn Lowery to the city.
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Friends, family and community leaders celebrated the life of Civil Rights matriarch Evelyn Gipson Lowery. Around 2,000 people gathered Wednesday at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College to remember the great "General" who walked beside another great "General."

The 88-year-old wife of the Rev. Joseph Lowery passed away last week following a massive stroke. The two had been married for the last 68 years. During the service, many spoke of that love and the love the two had for others.

"She was a woman of purpose in her own right while she also stood beside Dr. Lowery," said retired Judge Thelma Wyatt Moore.

Speakers remembered Mrs. Lowery as a gentle giant who always gave of herself.

"I'm here to pay tribute to an awesome woman who made great contributions to our society," said the Rev. Bernice King, the CEO of the King Center. "It once again reminds us of the contributions of women to the civil rights movement, which often times we forget about."

SCLC WOMANS Advisory Board member Karen Reagle said Mrs. Lowery invited her to the table of service. She remembered Lowery's passion for doing good works, her ability to get things done and her kind, generous spirit.

Mrs. Lowery's home-going service included tributes from Mayor Kasim Reed, activist Al Sharpton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Mrs. Lowery worked on the front lines in the areas of civil rights, voting rights, women's rights and AIDS awareness. Most people in the chapel had a story about how she had touched their life.

"Since  I was a kid in the North, I was in the northern part of SCLC, she was the one that always had time to talk to us -- long before anyone even knew who I was. She was kind, gentle," said Sharpton.

Lowery was the founder of SCLC/WOMEN, Inc. the sister organization to the historic civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the creator of the annual Drum Major of Justice Awards that is held annually in April in Atlanta.

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