A civil rights leader in her own right, Evelyn Lowery founded “SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now) in 1979. The group focuses on AIDS prevention, historic documentation and preservation, health and welfare, and programs aimed at strengthening black families,” the AJC reports.
Rev. Lowery last energized the crowd at the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington last month. Sitting straight and proud in a wheelchair at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, Lowery told the crowd “we ain’t going back.”
“We come today, 50 years later, it’s even stranger that there are men and forces who still seek to restrict our vote and deny our full participation,” Lowery said. “Well, we come here to Washington to say: We ain’t going back. We ain’t going back. 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.”
Watch Rev. Lowery’s remarks below:
We send our prayers and thoughts to the Lowery family.