Rep. John Lewis made this statement upon hearing about the passing of Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery, the devoted wife of the Reverend Joseph Lowery and the founder of the SCLC Women, Inc. and the Drum Major for Justice awards.
“When I heard that Mrs. Evelyn Lowery had passed, I was actually chairing a Whip meeting for the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. Capitol. I asked all the members to stop for a moment of silence in her honor. Mrs. Lowery was a pillar of our community, a valuable participant in the struggle for civil rights, and an admired role model to the young people she mentored.
She was supported her husband in all his work, but she was a leader in her own right, born into the struggle through the activism of her parents in Memphis, Tennessee.
A few years ago, she organized a campaign, called the Drum Major for Justice Award, which commemorates some of the participants in the Civil Rights Movement by placing markers that help to tell their stories. Among the awardees were the Rev. James Orange, the Rev. Hosea Williams, Viola Liuzzo and other non-violent soldiers who sacrificed a great deal for the cause of civil rights and social justice. Her steadfast devotion to her husband was admirable, and her unwavering commitment to the issues of social justice will be hard to replace. Mrs. Lowery will be deeply missed.”