Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Ms. Sybrina Fulton, have literally given their lives in the uplifting of American women and children.
Adorned in pearls, coiffed hair and tailored suits, it’s a visual departure from your notion of a warrior. Yet, each of these women could be classified as nothing less. As mothers, orators, organizers, women of color have long answered the call to lead on the front lines for for domestic justice & equality. Women luminaries who exemplify grace under pressure.
In recognition of their work, lives rooted in service and leadership, this powerful trio will be honored at the 35th Drum Major Of Justice Awards in Atlanta.
Hosted by SCLC W.O.M.E.N., the annual event celebrates individuals of all races and genders who commit dedicate their lives and careers to the uplift of those in need. The event takes its name from a famous Dr. King quote, honoring others who refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice.
The honorees represent the unique and continued civil rights struggle of their respective generations. Ms. Fulton, as the mother of slain teen, Trayvon Martin, who not only lost her son, but reminded a generation of mothers and sons, black children will not die with out due process. Mrs. Obama, first as a successful attorney and executive, who is now using her platform as First Lady to advocate for healthy diets for American children and the largest generation of American war veterans this nation has known.
Mrs. Lowery founded SCLC Women in 1979 and it was immediately unlike it’s contemporaries. Under Mrs. Lowery’s leadership the completely volunteer run organization forged national and international ties. Her vision expanded the SCLC W.O.M.E.N. into a new era in community outreach by focusing on women and girls regardless of age, race or geography.
"It is our distinct honor to acknowledge the years of dedication Mrs. Lowery gave to the SCLC Women, Inc. especially during this event, which she founded," said Scarlet Pressley-Brown, interim chair, SCLC Women "We are also very excited to be able to honor Mrs. Lowery along with Michelle Obama, who has, with style and grace, represented our country, our community, and our race in a way we have never seen before."
The 2014 gala will conclude with a personal tribute to Evelyn Lowery, from "A Different World," cast members Dawnn Lewis, Charnele Brown, and Jasmine Guy, as well as, Atlanta television anchors, Monica Pearson, Karyn Greer and Lisa Rayam.
Recent honorees include: former Atlanta mayor and U.S. Ambassador, Andrew Young; Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, CNN anchor Don Lemon, author Isabel Wilkerson, and former Morehouse College president Dr. Robert M. Franklin