Additional details have been confirmed for the celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights icon Evelyn Gibson Lowery, according to representatives for the family.

Lowery, the wife of civil rights activist Rev. Joseph E. Lowery and founder of S.C.L.C./Women, Inc. the sister organization of the historic civil rights organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.), was also the creator of the annual Drum Major for Justice Awards that take place annually in April and the creator of the annual Evelyn G. Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Educational Tour.

Having suffered a massive stroke on the evening of Sept. 18, Mrs. Lowery made her transition in the early hours of Thursday, Sept. 26 in the comfort of her home, surrounded by family and her husband of close to 70 years.

As of Sunday evening the Lowery family has confirmed the following schedule of events:

Monday, September 30, 2013
Public Viewing
Cascade United Methodist Church
3144 Cascade Rd
Atlanta, GA 30311
11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony conducted by the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Kappa Omega Chapter
Clark Atlanta University – Davage Auditorium
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Home-Going Celebration for Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery
Martin Luther King Jr., International Chapel
at Morehouse College
Viewing from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Celebration begins promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Internment will take place at Westview Cemetery
1680 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

“The Cascade United Methodist Church family mourns the loss and celebrates the life of treasured member, Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery,” representatives from the church said in a statement. “Mrs. Lowery was the wife of civil rights activist Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and First Lady of Cascade UMC from 1986 – 1992, when Rev. Lowery served as the Cascade’s eighteenth pastor.”

The Lowerys middle daughter, Karen Lowery, continues to serve as Cascade UMC’s Music and Arts Director. The church also noted that all church activities are canceled for Monday.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations may be payable to either:

SCLC/Women, Inc.
Evelyn G. Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Educational Tour
328 Auburn Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303.


Joseph E. Lowery Institute
P.O. Box 92801
Atlanta, Georgia 30314

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