Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is proud to sponsor 5,000 students to attend The Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA in honor of Civil Rights Activist and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member, Evelyn Gibson Lowery. To apply, visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Evelyn Gibson Lowery was born in Wichita, Kansas to Reverend Dr. Harry and Evelyn Gibson.
She attended Youngstown University and graduated from Clark College where she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Upon her graduation, her intent was to become a social worker. However, while living in Birmingham, Alabama, she met Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery, who entered the ministry under the mentoring of her father. They married May 5, 1947.
For almost 70 years, she worked in the movement for justice and civil rights alongside her husband, and most notably participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama supporting African Americans rights to vote.
In 1979 during her husband’s tenure as President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Mrs. Lowery, established SCLC/W.O.M.EN. (Women Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc.), a group that championed the rights of women, children and families and to responded to the problems of the disenfranchised. She also established Aids/HIV education conferences, Women Empowerment Training Centers for GED/Computer training, the Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner, the Civil Rights Heritage Tour, and The GAP, a mentoring program that provided scholarships for high school students.
Mrs. Lowery is responsible for the Civil Rights Wall in Perry County, Alabama and 13 monuments along the civil rights trail. She was a key visionary in the establishment of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, in Atlanta.
She served as a change agent for human rights on the local, national and international level, and in 2004 was inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site.
Evelyn Lowery died on September 26, 2013. After her passing, the Clark Atlanta University Board of Trustees voted unanimously to rename the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights to the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights.