MARBL to Exhibit Items Documenting Joseph Lowery’s Career with the SCLC

In honor of Reverend Joseph Lowery receiving an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Emory University, the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library is pleased to announce an exhibit documenting Lowery’s career with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  “One Who Disturbs the Comfortable and Comforts the Disturbed”:  Joseph E. Lowery and the SCLC will feature photographs, letters and writings by Lowery that chronicle his 40 year involvement with the organization, both as Chairman of the Board of Directors and as President.

The exhibit will run from May 10, 2010-August 31, 2010.  MARBL is located on the 10th floor of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.  For information on hours of operation, please visit MARBL’s website. For more information on honorary degree recipients, please visit the commencement website.



Joseph Lowery speaking in Memphis. Also pictured: Ted Kennedy, Ralph David Abernathy and Juanita Abernathy

The records of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference currently are closed for processing, and are expected to open to researchers in 2012.  For more information on the exhibit or the archive, please contact the archivist.


“Working for Freedom:  Documenting Civil Rights Organizations” is a collaborative project between Emory University, the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, and the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center to uncover and make available previously hidden collections documenting the Civil Rights Movement in Atlanta and New Orleans.  The grant is administered by the Council on Library and Information Resources with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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