Rev. Joseph E. Lowery to Keynote Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner, to be held on Saturday, Aug. 7, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel during the ABA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. The dinner will honor veteran civil rights lawyer Fred D. Gray.
"With Rev. Joseph E. Lowery and Fred Gray, we are thrilled to have these two icons of the civil rights movement with us for the Thurgood Marshall Dinner," said Section Chair Joan F. Kessler. "Rev. Lowery's personal involvement with so many watershed events in the cause of civil liberties and human rights will frame this award with the inspiration, enthusiasm, and hope that Justice Marshall exemplified and which Rev. Lowery champions."
Rev. Lowery has been a national leader of the civil rights movement since the 1950s. Having previously served as Vice President and Chairman of the Board, Lowery unanimously was elected President of the SCLC in 1977, a position he held until 1997. As president, he led the organization, which he co-founded with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others, to new levels of vigor, effectiveness, and visibility. He also has served as pastor of United Methodist Churches in Mobile and Birmingham, Ala., and in Atlanta, Ga. for over 45 years, and, on multiple occasions, has chaired the Black Leadership Forum, a consortium of 16 national advocacy organizations.