Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery and his wife, Evelyn Lowery (USA Today)
ATLANTA -- There will be a prayer vigil held on Saturday for Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Joseph E. Lowery.
The vigil will be held at Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) national office at 6 p.m.
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A family spokesperson says the 85-year-old Mrs. Lowery was admitted to a local hospital Wednesday night after suffering a stroke. Dr. Lowery and other family members are at her side.
Saturday afternoon, the Lowery Family released a statement on the Mrs. Lowery's condition.
"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," said the Reverend Joseph. E. Lowery.
Evelyn Lowery, founder of SCLC Women, the sister organization of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the wife of civil rights activist Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, has been in critical condition since suffering a massive stroke on the evening of Wednesday, September 18 in Atlanta, Georgia. Since that time, she has been under the constant care of medical experts at a local hospital."