There were so many giants of the civil rights movement, and hopefully there will be more (like North Carolina's Rev. William Barber) to follow in their footsteps. Evelyn Lowery was one of the pioneers who helped organize bus boycotts:
ATLANTA (AP) — Evelyn Lowery, a pioneer in civil rights and women's empowerment and the wife of the Rev. Joseph Lowery, died Thursday at her home in Georgia, a family spokeswoman said.
Family spokeswoman Diane Larche said the 88-year-old Lowery died Thursday morning. She had been hospitalized since Sept. 18 after suffering a severe stroke and returned home on Wednesday night, after medical experts said the stroke had caused irreversible damage.
Joseph Lowery said his wife devoted her life to serving others.
"My beloved Evelyn was a special woman, whose life was committed to service, especially around the issues of empowering women," Lowery, a past president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said in a statement to The Associated Press.
The SCLC, which traces its beginnings to the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott, organized nonviolent protests as it pushed for an end to segregation around the South during the civil rights movement.