The american reverend Joseph Lowery, who among other things blessed Barack Obama in 2009, is dead. He was 98 years old.

The american reverend Joseph Lowery, who was a prominent actor in the american centre, this is the death – 98 years.

It writes The King Center on Twitter.

– tonight is the amazing reverend Joseph E. Lowery passed from Earth to eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

– He was a champion of civil liberties, he challenged injustice, and he was a close friend of the King family, says.

Lowery was from the beginning of the 1950s a leading activist in the civil rights movement. He was closely allied with the well-known rettighedsforkæmpere as Martin Luther King and Jesse Jackson.

Lowery was in 1957, also to form a borgerrettighedsgruppen Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) with Martin Luther King. He was in charge of the group in two decades.

Lowery died late on Friday surrounded by his family.

– Our beloved reverend Joseph Echols Lowery passed peacefully at ten o’clock at on Friday evening the 27. march at the age of 98 years. He was surrounded by his daughters, says the Lowery family in a statement.

It sounds also, that he died of natural causes and that his death was not related to the coronavirusudbruddet. It writes the news agency AP.

In 2009, spoke Lowery with the inauguration of president Barack Obama. Obama was the first black american president.

also, It was reverend Lowery who was behind the blessing of Obama.

Lowery was a few months after the deployment awarded the presidential frihedsmedalje. It is the highest civilian honor one can receive in the UNITED states.

Lowery was 63 years married to Evelyn Gibson Lowery. She had, until his death in 2013 also active as rettighedsforkæmper.