Civil Rights Icon Evelyn Lowery Dies

Evelyn Lowery, Activist and Wife of Civil Rights Leader Joseph Lowery, Dies After Suffering Massive Stroke

(BALTIMORE)—In response to the passing of Evelyn Lowery, civil rights leader and wife of activist Joseph Lowery, the NAACP released the following statement:

Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors:
“A pioneer and champion in the civil rights movement has passed on,” stated Roslyn M. Brock. “Evelyn Lowery’s leadership was essential to the longevity and power behind the movement for equality. Ms. Lowery was a drum major for justice in her own right. Her spirit lives on in the initiatives she founded and in the activists she mentored across the nation.”

Benjamin Todd Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP:
“Today, we mourn the passing of a champion for civil and human rights,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Ms. Lowery’s foresight and leadership pushed the envelope of what organizations like the SCLC and the NAACP could do for women and families. Her legacy lives on in the coalitions she built and the strong foundation she laid. She was a hero and will be truly missed.”

Evelyn Lowery founded SCLC Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. to champion the rights of women, children, families, and their ability to respond to issues affecting the community. Through that organization she has spearheaded education and mentoring programs, HIV/Aids awareness initiatives, and built coalitions and alliances with various women’s groups across the globe. She also created the Drum Major for Justice Award, which recognizes awardees for their contributions to the civil rights movement and achievements in their professional fields. She is survived by Joseph Lowery, President Emeritus of the SCLC.


Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities.  You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

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