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Why was the SCLC was developed?




SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc., have been in the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement for more than four decades. Our founder, Dr. Evelyn Gibson Lowery was the quintessential civil rights wife, woman and warrior. She is fondly remembered as a wise woman of substance, who was shaped by the Movement and motivated by her mate and life partner, Dr. Rev. Joseph Lowery.




Dr. Evelyn Lowery understood the contribution of women in the Movement, while critically important, often went unrecognized and underappreciated. In 1979, Dr. Lowery, passionate about issues impacting


women and children, summoned a group of women to her home. From this gathering, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. was born.


Dr. Lowery was constantly forging new territory for the organization. In 1980 SCLC/W.O.M.E.N


Inc. hosted the first national conference on the Survival of the Black Family. A national conference for youth was added the following year. On April 4, 1980 SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc., held its first Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards Banquet in recognition of those who have been in the forefront of the battle for justice.


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