Doctors say they have done all they can for Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Joseph E. Lowery, who remains in critical condition after a stroke she suffered Wednesday morning. A spokesperson for the Lowery family said Saturday that doctors have informed the family her stroke “caused irreversible damage.”
The founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. (Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now) was hospitalized on Wednesday evening, after suffering the stoke and has been at a local hospital.
“After many consultations with top medical experts, the Lowery family is saddened to learn that the stroke suffered by our beloved Evelyn has caused irreversible damage. As a family of faith, we remain by her side in constant prayer, knowing that God is in control, while also fully understanding her medical condition and that the team of experts have done all that they can do. Though she remains in critical condition, we are blessed that she is still with us. We have been touched by the outpouring of expressions of love and support from across the country and we ask for the community’s continued prayers at this very difficult time,” said Rev. Joseph. E. Lowery. in a statement
Evelyn’s status was previously unknown after checking into the hospital and receiving what a family spokesperson called constant care.
Evelyn and Joseph Lowery, a former president and key organizer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, have been married since 1948. As the founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., an organization was created to advocate on behalf of the rights of women, children and families, Evelyn spearheaded education and mentoring programs, HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives and raised more than $350,000 for scholarships for high school seniors.
She is a member of the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and a winner of the Rosa Parks Award. She also created the Drum Major For Justice Award, given annually near the April 4 anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
A prayer vigil was planned for 6 p.m. Saturday at Southern Christian Leadership Conference headquarters on Auburn Avenue.