ATLANTA -- After suffering a massive stroke last week, Evelyn Lowery, wife of civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, has been under the watch of doctors at a local hospital.

However, after receiving notification from medial experts of the irreversible damage caused by the stroke, the Lowery family has made the decision to release her from the hospital and return her to her home.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the family said:

We continue to feel blessed that she is still with us and doctors have informed us that her condition remains critical", stated Cheryl Lowery, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Lowery and the Executive Director of the Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights at Clark Atlanta University. We have been assured that all has been medically done, and in consultation with the medical experts know that what's best for our mother is to live the remaining days of her life at home surrounded by her family and husband of 67 years. We have been deeply touched by the continuous outpourings of love, support and prayers that have come from across the country, and ask that you continue to keep us in prayer as we move through the days ahead.

Saturday evening, members of the Southern Christian Leadership Council met at its headquarters on Auburn Avenue to pray for Evelyn Lowery.

In 1979 she foundedSCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. in 1979. The group works to empower women, girls and families as they relate to human rights, social action, economic self-sufficiency, reduction of health disparities, and leadership to build strong families and communities.

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