Rev. Joseph Lowery, a true American hero, was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama last month. Rev. Lowery, a native of Huntsville, Alabama, co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an early leader of the civil rights movement and is considered to be a civil rights icon. You will recall that Rev. Lowery gave the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration.
As you may know, President Harry S. Truman established the Medal of Freedom in 1945 to recognize civilians for their efforts during World War II. President John F. Kennedy reinstated the medal in 1963 to honor distinguished service. The following is the White House statement concerning Rev. Lowery:
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has marched through life with faith and purpose, carrying with him the legacy of a movement that touched America’s conscience and changed its history. At the forefront of the major civil rights events of our time — from the Montgomery bus boycott to protests against apartheid — he has served as a tireless beacon for nonviolence and social justice. As a pastor and civil rights advocate, he co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and championed the cause of peace and freedom around the world. The United States proudly honors this outstanding leader.
We at Beasley Allen are very proud of Rev. Lowery, a great American, who has accomplished lots of good things for his fellow man. He definitely paid his dues during some trying times in our country, but this man never gave up the good fight. Rev. Lowery is a deserving recipient of this high honor. God has blessed this man!
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