Minister, civil rights activist to receive SMU’s Cooper Fellowship

Rev. Dr. Joseph LoweryThe Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, renowned civil rights activist and former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), will receive SMU’s Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship during a lecture at 7 p.m. April 20 in McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall. A reception will precede the lecture at 6 p.m. on Dallas Hall’s third floor.

Called “the dean of the civil rights movement” by the NAACP, Lowery was a cofounder, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., of the SCLC and served as its president and CEO from 1977 to 1998. His previous awards include the Martin Luther King Jr. Center Peace Award and the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, he has received honorary doctorates from Dillard University, Morehouse College, Alabama State University and the University of Alabama.

The Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship was established in 1992 to recognize the faithful service on behalf of issues of peace and justice by SMU Associate Chaplain Robert O. Cooper upon his retirement from the University. The Cooper Fellowship is sponsored by SMU’s Office of the Chaplain, in collaboration with the University’s Human Rights Education and Ethnic Studies programs and the Dallas Peace Center.

The William K. McElvaney Award in Social Justice will be awarded to an SMU student actively involved in human rights and social justice issues, to be announced at the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of the Chaplain, 8-4502.