Joseph Lowery, American civil rights leader, dies at 98

Reverend helped start the influential Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Martin Luther King Jr

The American civil rights movement leader Joseph Lowery died on Friday at the age of 98, his family said.

A charismatic and fiery preacher, Lowery helped the Rev Martin Luther King Jr to fight against racial discrimination and led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for two decades – restoring its financial stability and pressuring businesses not to trade with South Africa’s apartheid-era regime. He retired in 1997.

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