MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR:
As Interim Chair of SCLC/Women, INC, I am honored to be able to build on the solid foundation and historical legacy of Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery. I have been given the opportunity to clearly demonstrate my commitment and resolve to be an active member of the community. It allows me to say ‘thank you’ to the heroes and sheroes who came before me, who have sacrificed even their lives so that I can enjoy the freedoms that we have now.
The current mission of the organization is to keep the vital social programs established by Dr. Lowery alive. This is where we welcome volunteers, active fundraisers and generous donations.
Quoting a part of the sermon given by Dr. King on Feb. 4, 1968, we adopt the mantra,
“Yes, if you want to say that I was a Drum Major, say that I was a Drum Major for Justice, say that I was a Drum Major for Peace; say that I was a Drum Major for Righteousness. I want to leave a committed life behind.”
Become a member today, join with me and our wonderful team as we “Bridge the Gap” with our young people; “Pamper for Peace” with domestic violence victims; say thank you to our ‘seniors’ for all they have done for us over the years during our ‘Senior’s Christmas Luncheon’; and keep the Civil Rights movement alive in the hearts of our people by sponsoring the “Evelyn Gibson Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Tour.”
I will be extremely excited to welcome you to our team!
Peace and justice
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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