*ATLANTA — In honor of Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery’s 90th birthday, the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights will present His Words-Our Gift, a musical and theatrical experience in celebration of the life and work of legendary civil and human rights pioneer Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Presented by Delta Air Lines, Coca Cola Company and Kia Motors, Inc., the evening will be hosted by CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien and include performances by Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holliday, Peabo Bryson, Lady Tremaine Hawkins, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Cicely Tyson, Dawnn Lewis, Cassi Davis, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Morehouse and Spelman College Glee Clubs and other special guests.
More than 1,500 citizens and community leaders are expected to attend Sunday’s festivities. Event proceeds will benefit the Lowery Institute.
“This evening has a dual purpose,” says Cheryl Lowery-Osborne, Executive Director of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights. “While we celebrate Dr. Lowery’s 90th birthday and his tireless work for the common good, we also seek to raise funds to carry on programming that reflects that dedication to service and equality for all God’s children.”
Hailed as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement”,Rev. Dr. Lowery has held a broad and diverse series of roles over the course of his nine decades, most notably serving as the co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and serving as the organization’s leader for 20 years. In recognition of Rev. Dr. Lowery’s lifelong commitment to the nonviolent struggle for the causes of justice, human rights, economic equality, voting rights, peace and human dignity, President Barack Obama awarded him the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on August 12, 2009.
Presenting sponsor Delta Air Lines recently named a Boeing 757-200 aircraft in Dr. Lowery’s honor to recognize the contributions he has made to civil and human rights during his lifetime. Dr. Lowery was presented with the plane at a special private ceremony held at Delta last month with Delta CEO Richard Anderson and other leaders.
“Everyone at Delta understands the importance of diversity, equality, dignity and respect,” Richard said. “What Dr. Lowery went through and what he’s done in his life…has been truly heroic in terms of what it has meant to our society and culture.”
Tickets are available for $100, $75 and $50 at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office and online at www.loweryinstitute.org or by calling (404) 733-5000.
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