MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
It is my privilege to serve as the newly appointed Executive Director of SCLC/WOMEN, Inc. My team has worked so hard over the years to keep Evelyn Lowery’s vision alive and it is my aim to continue building and extending her great legacy into the future. She paved the way for us and her spirit and inspiration is our guiding light.
I began volunteering with SCLC/WOMEN, Inc. many years ago. One of my fondest memories was sitting in a restaurant with the pastors and staff of Cascade United Methodist Church to celebrate the birthday of Reverend Joseph Lowery.
Evelyn Gibson Lowery was my “First Lady” at Cascade and over the years we had shared many such gatherings. I remember sharing at the table, that after retiring as Business Manager for the Compass Group, the uncertainty of how to spend my spare time. Evelyn looked at me and said “you must come and work with SCLC/WOMEN”. She called the next day and told me she wanted me to serve as co-captain on her Civil Rights Heritage Tour. Thus began my love affair with SCLC/WOMEN.
It is such a blessing to work with such an unselfish, loving, and hardworking organization of leaders, determined to empower our community by building on the legacy we believe and support wholeheartedly.
My career began in Newark, NJ with the City Hall Legal Office I later worked as Executive Assistant at the University of Medicine & Dentistry and Martland City Hospital. After moving to Atlanta, GA., I was employed by the Bahamas Tourist Office and later by Bahamasair as Assistant to the Director, where I promoted travel out of the Atlanta hub. When Bahamasair moved to Miami, I landed with Morrison’s Management Specialist/The Compass Group with dual roles as Business Manager and Manager of Human Resources. My responsibilities included budget forecasting, training other account directors on e-finance, staffing and diversity & inclusion for 89 employees. I am the proud mother of two sons and two daughters with three wonderful grandchildren.
The leadership and guidance of Mrs. Scarlet Pressley-Brown and Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery has prepared me for this position over past decades. Mrs. Brown will remain on the Board of Directors and continue to inspire us with her dedication.
Please join with me, the women and men of SCLC/WOMEN, Inc. and make a difference with your time, your talent and love. Your help and support is vital to continue our necessary work within the community.
SCLC/WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR EQUALITY NOW, INC. offers intergenerational programs designed to empower women, girls, and families as they relate to human rights, social action, economic self sufficiency, reduction of health disparities and leadership to build strong families and communities.
SCLC/WOMEN’S ORGANIZATIONAL MOVEMENT FOR EQUALITY NOW, INC. remains active in our community all year round with a variety of programs and activites. These activities range from history presentations, life skills trainings for young ladies and women of all ages, addressing important concerns within our community – both locally and worldwide, recognizing the leaders in our community who strive for these values and more.
DR. EVELYN LOWERY
Dr. Evelyn G. Lowery was born in Wichita, Kansas on February 16, 1925, and was the daughter of activists Rev. Dr. Harry and Evelyn Gibson. They provided her with the inspiration that became the foundation for a lifetime of involvement in human rights at both the national and international levels. Her father served as president of the Memphis chapter of the NAACP and her mother was involved in community organizations. She attended Clark College and Youngstown University. She married Rev. Joseph Lowery in 1950. He was the President Emeritus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the American Civil Rights Movement. She also marched in the historic Selma to Montgomery March in 1965, and established an annual Civil Rights bus tour to commemorate “Bloody Sunday”.
In 1980, Mrs. Lowery created the Drum Major For Justice Award, held annually near the April 4th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the founding president of the SCLC, who wanted to be remembered as a “Drum Major For Justice.” The awardees are recognized by their contributions to the cause of freedom, equality, and achievement in their professional fields. A partial list of awardees includes Rosa Parks, The Original Tuskegee Airmen, Rev. Hosea Williams, Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mae Jamison, Andrew Young, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and James Meredith. She was also responsible for the erection of the Civil Rights Freedom Wall in Perry County, Alabama, and monuments honoring movement icons such as Viola Liuzzo, John Lewis and Hosea Williams. In 2004, Mrs. Lowery was herself honored at the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Lowery radiated grace, a quiet strength, and a sense of humor as she directed the SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., Inc. organization. She was the epitome of the virtuous woman described in Proverbs 31 and remained involved in every detail of the actions of the organization.
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