Joseph Lowery, Civil Rights Icon and Lieutenant of Martin Luther King Jr., Dies at 98

Rev. Joseph Echols Lowery, a Lieutenant to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., reportedly died of natural causes at his Atlanta home Friday. He was 98.

Lowery was one of the most beloved leaders of the civil rights movement, and co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with Dr. King. Lowery would be a driving force within the organization for more than half a century.

The NAACP affectionately nicknamed him “The Dean of the Civil Rights Movement.”

Born in Huntsville, Alabama on October 6th, 1921, Lowery would have an encounter with a white police officer at his father’s candy store 11 years later that changed the course of his life.