Evelyn Lowery suffers 'irreversible damage' after stroke

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Evelyn Lowery, activist and wife of civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, is in critical condition after suffering from a stroke Wednesday, Sept. 18.

ATLANTA, Ga. - A prayer vigil was held this weekend for Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.

Evelyn Lowery, 85, is in critical condition after suffering a massive stroke Wednesday.

Diane Larche, spokeswoman for the Lowery family, released the following statement Saturday afternoon:

“After many consultations with top medical experts, the Lowery family is saddened to learn that the stroke suffered by our beloved Evelyn has caused irreversible damage. As a family of faith, we remain by her side in constant prayer, knowing that God is in control, while also fully understanding her medical condition and that the team of experts have done all that they can do. Though she remains in critical condition, we are blessed that she is still with us. We have been touched by the outpouring of expressions of love and support from across the country and we ask for the community’s continued prayers at this very difficult time."

A prayer vigil was held Saturday at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) national office on Auburn Avenue.

Evelyn Lowery founded the SCLC/Women’s Organizational Movement for Equality Now.